Lolo Jones of the US reacts after winning the women's 100m hurdles event at the Bislett Games in Oslo (Photo : Reuters)
Some athletes are determined to be the best and win an Olympic gold medal, and after two failed attempts, Lori "Lolo" Jones is determined for another Olympic run.
Just 24 hours after her fourth place result in the 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports Jones has no plans on retiring and sets her sights to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.
"Last night, Gail Devers called me and said she was...37 when she got her last medal," said Jones, referring to a fellow American track and field runner who similar to Jones tripped on the final hurdle during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.
Age is nothing but a number for the two-time 60-meter hurdles World Indoor Champion.
Jones first entered the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as favorite to win the 100-meter hurdles, but after stumbling on the penultimate hurdle, she quickly landed to 7th place. Teammate Dawn Harper would secure the victory.
A return to the Olympics is another opportunity to prove critics that she's capable of winning an important event, and not just a pretty face or media personality.
'The Olympics are only once every four years so you have to take advantage of all your opportunities, both to be an inspiration to people and help support your sponsors who help you,'' said Jones. ''I don't regret doing any stories or being in magazines. For me, it was a chance to do things like get tips on eating healthy and working out to people."
If she does return for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Jones will still face stiff competition from Harper and Australia's Sally Pearson, who won the gold in the 100-meter hurdles. Harper and Pearson will be 32 and 29-year-old, respectively, and according to Bleacher Report, Jones will still be "a long shot for the podium."
"I get it; Lolo Jones wants to prove to the world and herself that she is an Olympic champion," wrote Bleacher Report's Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke. "But no matter how long she battles to stay relevant in the sport, Jones will always just be an Olympic celebrity.
Until the competitions for Rio begins, Jones will enjoy the rest of her time at the London Olympics.
''The fact that I am going to be able to watch another competition besides track and see the closing ceremonies,'' she said. ''Basically being able to really enjoy the Olympic experience, which I didn't do in Beijing.''