It will be a year of redemption for Lolo Jones, after a devastating fall in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the Beijing Games in 2008. In the time since, she’s been working towards a gold medal finish at the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Though she was plagued with injuries over the past few years, Jones is poised to return in full force. To recognize the efforts of the world class hurdler, active-lifestyle magazine, Outside, has named her ”Comeback Athlete of the Year.”
Jones graces the cover of the publication’s February issue in unique fashion. She can be seen sporting a bright red, banded swimsuit with multiple cutouts. Jones spoke to ESPN about her recent cover shoot and the corresponding wardrobe choices. Below is an excerpt.
What was it like working with photographer Robert Maxwell?
“He was cool and laid-back. I told him that I’m not a model and I need direction, but he was more into just letting it happen. He knew that I was relaxed during breaks between shots and tried to catch me then.”
What did you think of the outfits?
“I didn’t think I would look good because they are so small. I am an athlete, so I have a flat chest, so I wanted to ask where the padding was! But they fit perfectly, and I really liked them.”
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage with Jones and photographer Robert Maxwell during the cover shoot: