Lolo Jones doesn’t kick off her guide, Over It, along with her greatest accomplishment.
She may have described the way it felt to be one of some athletes to qualify for each the winter and summer season Olympics. She may have written about profitable gold on the bobsled World Championships earlier this 12 months.
As a substitute, she opens with what she calls the “most painful race” of her profession — the 100-meter hurdles on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Jones was favored to win, however she clipped the second-to-last hurdle and completed in seventh place.
“I used to be one hurdle away from profitable an Olympic gold medal,” Jones stated. “It was an enormous failure, however I pivoted.”
Jones went on to qualify for 2 extra Olympic competitions. She ran within the 100-meter hurdles once more in 2012, and in 2014 she competed on the U.S. bobsled crew.
Whereas she has but to win Olympic gold, she hopes her guide shall be an inspiration to others to persevere within the face of adversity.
An avid reader, she’s learn self-help books by individuals who’ve triumphed of their chosen subject. However she needed to know: “The place is the guide about somebody who’s nonetheless within the battle, who’s nonetheless annoyed, who doesn’t know if it can work out?”
With “Over It,” Jones stated she needs to exhibit “which you can really flip the unhealthy into good.”
“I used that failure to pivot into a few of my greatest wins,” Jones stated. “Had that not occurred, I wouldn’t have been one of many 10 Individuals within the historical past of the Olympics to go on to compete in the summertime and winter video games.”
Although Jones is deeply aggressive — the shortage of competitors throughout the pandemic led her to affix MTV’s actuality present “The Problem” — she says she wasn’t all the time that means. She developed that mentality on the monitor, the place she realized “how enjoyable it was to simply form of push your self and see for those who can enhance.”
At 38, she hasn’t given up on her desires, however her objectives have shifted once more. The pandemic led Jones to set the Tokyo Video games apart and concentrate on coaching for subsequent 12 months’s winter Olympics in Beijing.
“It utterly shut me down and altered my complete course,” Jones stated. “I used to be coaching for my final summer season Olympics; I used to be planning on being at present retired.”
As a substitute, Jones returned to bobsled, a transfer she was not anticipating.
“All my plans had been being ripped away,” she stated. “And I feel that occurred to lots of people.”
Jones labored her means again into form after years off from the game. Ultimately, she turned the brakewoman for Kaillie Humphries and received gold at this 12 months’s World Championships.
“I attempted to win a world championship in bobsled even at my prime, and I used to be by no means capable of do it,” she stated. “So, to have the ability to do it on the finish of my profession was one thing that was fairly particular.”
It was the motivation she wanted to concentrate on returning to Beijing — the location of her crushing loss 13 years in the past.
Within the meantime, she’ll be cheering for US athletes in Tokyo.
“Clearly, Simone Biles is the GOAT,” Jones stated. “I can’t wait to see the way it all unfolds for her in Tokyo.”