A glittering career sometimes hides the most piteous stories underneath. Winner of the USA and World championships in hurdle events, Lolo Jones has reached her current standing after a lot of struggle and immense amount of patience. Born to a single mother in a family of five children, Jones had a difficult and impoverished childhood. Her mother was constantly on the move, and had even lived in the basement of a church for some period of time. This nomadic life forced Jones to switch to a new school every year, until she began high school.
At Theodore Roosevelt High School, Jones lived apart from her mother in order to pursue her interest in track events. She lived with four different families throughout her time at high school in order study in one place. Jones won the Gatorade Iowa Track and Field Athlete of the Year award at school and was also a part of the school orchestra, as a cello player.
When she entered college, Jones proved to be one of the best hurdlers. In the 2002 NCAA Track & Field Championship, she won the 100-meter hurdles. She was also one of the participants of the runner-up team for the 100-meter relay event. In 2003 and 2004, Jones won the indoor hurdles event at the NCAA Championship.