Instead of being disappointed with a fourth place finish at her comeback race, Lolo Jones is considering it a miracle that she was even able to participate.
“It was honestly a miracle. They said they never had anybody come back that fast,” Jones told the Winston-Salem Journal. “That’s a lot of credit to the Olympic training center for helping me through it because physically it was hard, but I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can get through another surgery because it’s been so many of them.'”
The 33-year-old Olympic hurdler participated in the Camel City Elite Races on Jan. 31, three months after undergoing hip surgery. After finishing fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.17 seconds, Jones called her ability to run in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina race a blessing.
“I hit a hurdle early on that knocked me out of it. So I’m not disappointed. Every race right now is a blessing because I wasn’t expecting to run indoors,” she said. “Obviously, everybody has high expectations for me, but I have to tell myself the reality — I just had hip surgery (three months) ago.”
The track star burst on the scene after winning three NCAA titles, and running in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. Although she currently holds the U.S. record in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.72 seconds, she has a long way to go to prepare for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro later this year.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post