Lowe’s high school coach didn’t want her to try the high jump because he wanted to keep her in the sprints. Little did he know that she would go on to become one of the best high jumpers not only in the U.S. but also the world. Thankfully, Lowe (neé Howard) was able to convince her high school coach to let her try the high jump. After moving across the country to study at Georgia Tech and train with jumps coach Nat Page, Lowe was able to realize her childhood dream of going to the Olympics at only 20-years-old, making her the first woman from Georgia Tech’s track and field team to become an Olympian.
The following year, Lowe won silver at the 2005 World Championships to become the first American woman to win a world outdoor championships high jump medal since Louise Ritter won bronze at the inaugural event in Helsinki in 1983. Lowe is always a crowd favorite with impossibly defined abs, dramatic dance moves and even the occasional back flip. Lowe graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in economics and Finance. Days after returning from the 2012 Olympic Games, started teaching trigonometry at Grayson High School in Atlanta. Married triple jumper Mario Lowe on August 21, 2005, and gave birth to daughter Jasmine in July 2007 and Aurora in April 2011.