It doesn’t make sense. Elite, healthy college athletes are not supposed to die within hours of first feeling ill. But that’s exactly what happened to Lauren Jones.
On Wednesday, two campuses 2,600 miles apart mourned the sudden death of the gymnast. As a freshman on the national champion University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team, Jones was just beginning her college career. Back at Southwest DeKalb High School, Jones was already a legend.