U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones says she's been tempted. She says she's had plenty of opportunities. She's even had guys tell her that having sex with them will make her a faster runner.
A win-win situation, right?
But every time, Jones has said no. The 29-year-old Olympic athlete recently revealed on Twitter that she has never had sex. She discussed maintaining her virginity with Mary Carillo on the May 22 episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."
"It's just something, a gift I want to give my husband," Jones said. "But please understand that this journey has been hard. There are virgins out there and I'm going to let them know, it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college has been staying a virgin before marriage."
Jones has her reasons, ones that extend beyond her Christian faith. She had a tough childhood, which included periods of homelessness while being raised in a family of six by her mother, with her father in and out of jail.