Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones ends track and field season early

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Lolo Jones is finished competing this year.

The Summer and Winter Olympian announced on Facebook that she’s skipping her last three track races this summer and will take a break after spending the last two years juggling two sports.

Due to me making a ton of money I have decided to end my track season early and focus on netflix.Thank u for this time…

Posted by Lolo Jones on Monday, August 18, 2014

Jones, 32, finished 11th in bobsled at the Sochi Olympics, becoming one of 10 Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games.

She said she dropped more than 20 pounds in returning to track and field in the spring. Jones posted a season’s best time in the 100m hurdles of 12.55 seconds, making her the fourth-fastest woman in the world so far this year.

Her path toward a third U.S. Summer Olympic Team is very tough, given the three fastest women in the world this year are also Americans. Of course, only the top three at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials will make the team for Rio de Janeiro.

In June, Jones said her bobsled future was up in the air. She said if she returned to bobsled for the 2014-15 season, it would only be during the North American portion of the World Cup circuit that concludes in December. She would not race at all in 2015-16 as the Rio Olympics near.

Based on her Facebook post, it appears Jones is not looking to jump back in a sled.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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