Track Star Talks Candidly of Struggle to 'Stay a Virgin' 05/22/2012

By Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register
Today the 2008 Olympian is talking about struggles during her childhood and a different challenge she's faced as an adult choosing to remain a virgin until marriage.

Jones led the gold-medal final of the women's hurdles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before hitting the second-to-last hurdle and finishing seventh. Fans gravitated toward her after the setback, with scores citing her positive reaction to a devastating moment.

In late June, Jones will make a bid to return to the Olympics during the trials in Eugene, Ore. Qualifiers will compete in London this summer.

A clip of the HBO piece was posted on the show's website Monday. The 29-year-old Jones discussed her dating challenges.
"It's just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband," Jones said. "But please, understand, this journey has been hard.

"If there's virgins out there, 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 to stay a virgin before marriage."

It was on Twitter earlier this year that Jones announced to her thousands of followers that she's a virgin.

"I've been tempted," Jones said in the HBO piece. "I've had guys tell me, 'You know, if you have sex, it will help you run faster.'"

"That, honestly, is worth more to me than a gold medal," Jones said.

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