Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lolo Jones sees Twitter follower spike after relationship, virginity publicity

If you want to see your Twitter followers rise 40 percent in just a few days, track and field star Lolo Jones has the necessary tips for you.

All you need to do is:
  • Be a beautiful 29-year-old woman (although age doesn't really matter)
  • Have an incredible body, including amazing abs
  • Be featured in documentaries on ESPN
  • And reveal that you are still a virgin at the aforementioned age of 29.
Oh, and of course, you need a Twitter account.

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Earlier this week, Lolo Jones (nee Lori) appeared on HBO's "Real Sports," and discussed a number of things, but among them was her virginity. She said that "It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage," but she wants to save it for when she marries, and her wedding night.

She added that "It's something, a gift I want to give my husband." Since earlier this week, the number of followers on her Twitter account has leaped, by around 20,000. That is about a 40 percent increase.

Not only that, the subject has become so popular that her Twitter account, or at least the latest Tweets, have pretty much all centered around her virginity. Lolo Jones even Tweeted the story going around that at practice this week, New York Jets players chanted "Lolo, Lolo," to backup QB Tim Tebow.

Tim Tebow, like Lolo Jones, is a Christian and a virgin. The pairing seems obvious, but Lolo Jones has her doubts. She Tweeted,

"Ask Tebow if he wants a glass of milk. If he says yes, ask him if he prefers chocolate. if he says no, then no more Tebow date suggestions"

For those who don't know, Lolo Jones is French, Native American, African American, and Norwegian, which explains the reference to chocolate milk.

Lolo Jones is aiming for the 2012 London Olympics. She was favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but she tripped on a hurdle, and finished in seventh place. She later said, "You hit a hurdle about twice a year where it affects your race. It's just a shame that it happened on the biggest race of my life."

However, her love life or lack thereof is the focus of her Twitter upsurge. She's used a number of online dating sites, but hasn't been very successful at it. In a video below, she explains how she uses Twitter and other social networking sites to get dates.

You can also view a sideshow of images of Lolo Jones, both on and off track, here.

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