For former LSU track standout Lolo Jones, the memories surrounding the last Olympic Games aren’t so good. Jones was the favorite to win the 100-meter hurdles race in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She didn’t have a great start to the race, but took the lead halfway through. Unfortunately, her dreams of a gold medal came crashing down when she hit the ninth of ten hurdles, causing her to fall and finish seventh in the event.
Since 2008, Jones has dealt with obstacles that attempted to stand between her and her goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team. She has dealt with back surgery, a hamstring injury and more as she trained for the past four years. In a way that most athletes do, Jones used hard work and dedication as a tool to motivate her toward accomplishing her long-term goals. Jones stayed focused and never let complications convince her to give up on her dream to once again compete as a member of the USA Olympic team. Because of hard work, Lolo Jones will be heading to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England to compete in the 100-meter hurdles race.
The motto for this year’s 2012 Summer Olympics is “Inspire a Generation.” Many Olympic athletes endure many trials and tribulations on their journey to making it to the biggest competition in the world. For example, Guor Marial, who escaped a Sudanese child labor camp 20 years ago, will be allowed to run at the 2012 Olympics even though his country isn’t part of the Olympic committee.
Many athletes inspire people around the world – no matter the age of the spectator. If Olympic athletes teach us nothing else, they show that anything can be accomplished when hard work and dedication is involved.
Be sure to tune into the 2012 Summer Olympics beginning Friday, July 27. They last through Sunday, August 12 and are sure to be as exciting as ever. Look for all the moving stories of the many athletes, and maybe you can use them as inspiration to achieve one of your goals.
Don’t forget to cheer on your USA Olympic Team! What event are you looking forward to the most?