Jones pulled away from a strong 100-meter hurdles field at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, winning in a wind-aided time of 12.29 seconds. She was primed to take the gold in Beijing, leading the field before striking the ninth hurdle and stumbling to a seventh-place finish. She rebounded to win the 2008 World Athletics Final but suffered another blow in 2009, falling at the U.S. Championships and missing a chance to compete in the World Championships. She posted the second-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in the world in 2009 (12.47).
Jones has won the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Indoor 60-meter hurdles titles with identical times of 7.88 seconds, then made it three in a row in 2009 (7.84). She won the 2008 Indoor World Championship in 7.80 and the 2010 World Indoor title in a U.S.-record time of 7.72 seconds.
Jones won three NCAA championships (two in the 4 x 100 relay, one in the indoor 60-meter hurdles) to lead LSU to four NCAA team titles (three indoors).
Jones meets world:
Jones, who is of French, African-American, Native American and Norwegian descent, competed in her first World Outdoor Championships in 2007 after placing third in the 100 hurdles at the U.S. Championships. Jones, whose given name is Lori, reached the final at Osaka and finished sixth in 12.62.
- Height: 5-9
- Weight: 150
- Birth date: August 5, 1982
- Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
- World Championships: 2
- Personal bests:12.43 (100-meter hurdles); 7.72 (60-meter hurdles)