‘The Challenge’ Star Lolo Jones Announces Return To Olympic Bobsled National Team

Three-time Olympian Lolo Jones recently joined the cast of the upcoming 36th season of The Challenge as a rookie that many competitors already named as their biggest threat before the competition began. After appearing on the show, Jones announced her return to the Olympic bobsled national team.

Lolo Jones looks on during the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Lolo Jones looks on during the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix | Maddie Meyer

Lolo Jones competed as an Olympic track star

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Lori “Lolo” Jones attended Louisiana State University, where she competed on the track team. Jones performed well as she ranked as a top-three female 60-meter and 100-meter hurdler once she graduated.

The track star failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics but made it three years later, where she placed sixth. After winning two national championships in a row, Jones went into the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a favorite to win. However, she tripped on the penultimate hurdle, placing seventh.

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In 2012, the track star placed fourth in the Summer Olympics before joining the U.S. national bobsled team. She placed second in her first career World Cup competition and won gold in the team event the following year.

Jones was selected for the team again in 2014, a decision met with criticism by a few American bobsledders who thought she only landed the spot due to her massive social media following. They finished in 11th place.

Lolo Jones has competed on several reality TV shows

The track star made her first television appearance as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2012), where she notably joked about inviting Tim Tebow to church.

Two years later, she made her acting debut in the remake of faith-based apocalyptic thriller Left Behind (2014) as an airport gate attendant. She also appeared on dance competition show Dancing with the Stars (2017) but was the first celebrity eliminated.

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In 2016, she appeared on the improv comedy series Whose Line is it Anyway before competing on MTV special The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (2017). Jones was eliminated in the sixth episode and raised $1,000 for her charity, Hurdles of Hope. She also competed on Celebrity Big Brother (2019) season 2, where she finished in third place.

The track star returned to The Challenge as an individual competitor, not a celebrity raising money for charity, in 2020. Several competitors named her as their biggest threat immediately after meeting the three-time Olympian due to her impressive resume.

Lolo Jones returning to Olympic bobsled team 

On Nov. 21, 2020, Jones announced she qualified for her fifth bobsleigh national term berth and made the 10-person women’s roster.

The Olympian will compete alongside push athletes Nicole Brungardt, Colleen Fotsch, Lauren Gibbs, Lake Kwaza, Sylvia Hoffman, and Emily Renna as well as drivers including reigning world champion Kaillie Humphries, Nicole Vogt, Gibbs, and three-time Olympic medallist who defended the selection of Jones in 2014, Elena Meyers Taylor.

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The national team will likely not compete until January 2021 due to COVID-19 related concerns. Jones makes her debut as a rookie on The Challenge 36: Double Agents, premiering Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8/7c on MTV.