Lolo Jones, the 34-year old virgin who represents the United States as an Olympic hurdler and bobsledder, has been outspoken about doping in sports lately particularly in reference to the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal. She wants the public to know that American athletes do not cheat like Russian athletes.
Jones wants the public to know that they can believe in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and that it is nothing like the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). She referenced the WADA McLaren Report that documented alleged corruption and sample manipulation at the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics. Jones insisted drug testing is completely legitimate in the United States.
“People don’t realize we get drug tested at any moment,” Jones said. “Especially when that Sochi stuff happened, America was coming off as better than other countries. That’s the feedback we were getting, like on my Facebook, people were saying, ‘America cheats!’ So I said let me show people our actual drug testing protocol, and then they can read what’s happening in Russia. With me, they come unannounced to my door at any time they want. It’s monitored. You look up what other countries can do, they’re getting notified, and to be honest, it doesn’t matter if they have a clean sample or not because it can get switched out. I wanted to show that aspect of it.”
To prove her point, Jones used her smartphone to video an unannounced drug test that took place on Decemberr 16, 2016. Jones was required to give a blood and urine sample. The video was intended to reveal the credibility and integrity of the USADA drug testing procedures.
Ironically, it appeared that Jones was in violation of USADA’s drug testing requirements that prohibit the photographic and videographic recording of any part of the procedure. Jones did in fact video the supplies used in the procedure. She displayed a video of a filled cup of urine in the tamper-proof bottle. And she also videoed the drug testing officer whose identity was disclosed as “Donna”.
Jones is one of the most popular American Olympic track and field athletes in spite of the fact she has never won an Olympic medal in an otherwise impressive three Olympic appearances. To be fair, Jones is undoubtedly an accomplished athlete who has multiple World Outdoor and Indoor Championship titles. However, her popularity has quite frequently eclipsed that of Olympic athletes who had been far more dominant.
Jones’ popularity may be explained by her exotic beauty and attractive physique and her unique sense of humor. Her willingness to show off her semi-nude body in the October 9th 2009 issue of ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body Issue” could very well have something to do with it as well.
Or even more likely, it is the curiosity of a 34-year old devout Christian who has vowed to remain a virgin until she is married. On her official Twitter account, Jones says she is “holding out till 41 because there needs to be a movie sequel to the 40 Year Old Virgin”.
Jones defended her virginity advocacy in an interview with Bryant Gumbel on HBO’ Real Sports in 2013.
“It’s just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband. But please, understand, this journey has been hard,” Jones said. “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…
“I’ve been tempted. I’ve had guys tell me, ‘You know, if you have sex, it will help you run faster.’ If you marry me, then yeah.”
It’s very difficult to believe any professional athlete who claims to be steroid-free nowadays. It seems that those athletes who protest the most about doping in sports are the ones who are secretly doping. But if there is anyone who can resist the temptation to use anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), it’s a person that can resist the temptation to have sex – for decades.