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SEC Storied: Lolo Jones

Jun 25, 2014
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Olympic athlete Lori "Lolo" Jones is an expert at overcoming hurdles-both on the track and in life. ESPN Films' Lolo, from the SEC "Storied" documentary series, explores Jones' trying journey thus far; rising from poverty and homelessness to be catapulted into world stardom, including a spot on the USA Olympic Track and Field team and celebrity status.

Lolo Jones began chasing her dream in high school. After years of living in poverty and an unstable home life she was determined to be the first in her family to go to college. Constantly looking to improve, Lolo earned a scholarship from the famed Louisiana State University Track and Field program and fought to become the best, among the best.

With the help of coach Dennis Shaver, Lolo became one of the most dominant athletes in the history of the LSU Women's Track and Field dynasty, winning three NCAA Titles and 11 All-American honors, most notably in the hurdles. After failing to qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, Lolo turned again to Shaver for inspiration to continue fighting for her dream.

After four years of intense training, Lolo found herself right where she wanted to be-on the 2008 US Olympic team and favored to win gold in the 100 Meter Hurdles. But on the verge of reaching that dream, she suffered a heartbreaking stumble at the final hurdle, costing her the biggest race of her life.

Still determined to win an Olympic gold medal, Lolo went through with a risky spinal surgery and another four years of training to prepare for what was now her next hurdle - making the 2012 Olympic team and winning gold this time.

Directed by Rory Karpf, Lolo features personal interviews from Lolo Jones, her parents, siblings, coaches, teammates and Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with never-before-seen footage of Lolo in high school and during her 2011 surgery.

ESPN Films launched the "Storied" documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the "Storied" series features films from the SEC's recent and more distant past.