BATON ROUGE, La. (CBS Houston) – One of America’s best female hurdlers is a virgin, a personal choice, she said, that has been more difficult than training for the Olympics.

In an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports,” U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones acknowledged that she has maintained her virginity, describing it as the most challenging thing she’s faced to date.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she told HBO’s Mary Carillo. “Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college has been trying to stay a virgin for marriage. I’ve been tempted, I’ve had plenty of opportunities.”

Jones, 29, is expected to be one of the favorites in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles at this summer’s Olympics in London. She’s trying to bounce back from tripping on the penultimate hurdle and finishing in a disappointing seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Olympics. Her virginity, however, is something she’s maintained throughout her training, even if it has hindered her attempts at landing a boyfriend.

“I want to wait until I’m married to have sex,” said Jones, a resident of Baton Rouge, La. “My mom, she was with my dad for 20 years and they never got married and they’re not together anymore. So I just want to have that solemn bond. It a gift I want to give to my husband.”

She joked: “I’m one year out from turning 30. If you’re making a sequel to the 30-year-old virgin, I am your candidate.”