On January 17, Olympian Lolo Jones revealed in an Instagram post that she has been stalked. On three separate occasions in 2022, male stalkers attempted to reach Jones through criminal means.
“One guy broke into the Olympic training center and stayed over night in hopes to find me,” she wrote. “Another guy has continued to harass my friends in attempts to reach me.”
Finally, one man was caught stalking Jones’ house on her front-door Ring camera. The man lied to police officers, saying “he knew me from Instagram and I invited him to come live with me.”
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“I’m DONE. If there was any confusion here is me being very f—— clear: I’m not interested. EVER. This is not the way to go,” Jones wrote.
Jones originally made a name for herself on the track, where she won multiple world championships golds. In 2012, she was named to the U.S. national bobsled team and competed in the 2014 winter Olympics. Jones has also appeared on reality shows such as Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother.
Unfortunately, Jones is not the only Olympic track & field athlete to suffer from stalking. Long distance runner Emily Infeld was stalked for three years.
“I encourage anyone dealing with harassment to surround yourself with support and lean on those around you, and just know you are not alone,” Infeld wrote in a 2021 Runner’s World article. “I want to try to put this behind me. I have so much more I want to do in my life and career. I won’t let this define me. No one can steal my light.”
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Chris Hatler is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but before joining Runner’s World and Bicycling, he was a pro runner for Diadora, qualifying for multiple U.S. Championships in the 1500 meters. At his alma mater the University of Pennsylvania, Chris was a multiple-time Ivy League conference champion and sub-4 minute miler.