Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/18/12

EUGENE, OR - JULY 06: Lolo Jones celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 110 hurdles finals during day eight of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at Hayward Field on July 6, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
It's been a brutal month for Lolo Jones. She's been dissected in the media and dissed by her own teammates. If that wasn't bad enough, Jones failed to even medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the recent London Olympics after spending four years working to overcome her heartbreaking stumble in Beijing. An over-the-top Olympic-style homecoming in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, was exactly what Jones needed. An emotional Jones joined a cast of Iowa-based Olympians that included gymnast Gabby Douglas and wrestler Jake Varner, both gold medalists, in a raucous celebration on the campus of Drake University. ''To have this support ... it's definitely a light in a dark time,'' Jones told a crowd of roughly 5,000 supporters. The turmoil surrounding Jones ended up being one of the biggest story lines in London. It started with published reports suggesting Jones was a shameless marketer of herself and more into her image than her sport, a charge she tearfully addressed during an intervi...
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