September 2, 2006
With the recent doping scandals involving Tim Montgomery, Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones, et al, it reminds me of the famous quote by the late Jones Ramsey, former sports information director at Texas: "The only thing I hate worse than track is field." RON YUKELSON San Luis Obispo
July 1, 1992
Marion Jones, 16, of Thousand Oaks High, who could have been one of eight candidates for the U.S. Olympic women's 400-meter relay team, instead chose to compete in The Athletics Congress junior (age 19 and under) championships this weekend at Ohio State. "The time wasn't right (for the Olympics)," Jones said. Only four of the eight candidates will be selected to run on the relay; two will be alternates.
August 26, 2006
Regarding the "Cheating in Sports" stories on Aug. 20, there's not much mystery about why cheaters cheat: They cheat for victory, for fame and for wealth. The more interesting question is why the rest of us aren't turned off by the betrayals. Why do we keep rooting for Barry Bonds, Marion Jones and all the floppers in basketball and soccer? Must be because we think cheating isn't a big deal. BOB STONE Los Angeles Recent articles denouncing performance-enhancing drugs have vilified such professional athletes as Marion Jones, Floyd Landis and Justin Gatlin.
April 23, 2004 |
Marion Jones, whose fourth-place finish in the 200 meters Sunday at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays was her worst result at that distance since 1997, has agreed to compete in the 100-meter dash and the long jump at the Home Depot Invitational in Carson on May 22. Jones, who won gold medals in the 100 and 200 at the 2000 Olympics, is working her way back into shape after having given birth June 28.
July 6, 2002 |
Marion Jones ran the world's fastest 100 meters this year Friday, clocking 10.89 seconds at the rain-soaked Gaz de France meet. Maurice Greene was the other American sprinter drawing attention at the meet and he rebounded from two recent defeats to win the men's 100, although his time of 9.99 was far off the seasonal best. Jones is unbeaten in the 100 since her shocking defeat to Zhanna Pintusevich-Block at last year's World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
August 19, 2006 |
Maid Marion, some called her. She was beauty. She was toughness. She was fable. She was Mia Hamm with a bigger smile, Michelle Kwan with a bigger leap, Serena Williams with more steel. She was Title IX to the power of 10, one of the first female athletes whose popularity bridged the gap from niche to national, from cult to late-night TV couch, from women to men. Marion Jones was beloved because her grace had no limits, and her inspiration had no gender. Simply a great athlete, she was.
June 23, 2007 |
At the pinnacle of her success, Olympic sprinter Marion Jones set records for female athletes, signed multimillion-dollar endorsement deals and adorned the covers of national magazines. Vogue declared her "The New American Hero" in a cover story featuring Jones in a $2,000 designer dress. But seven summers after her dominance of the Sydney Games, where she won a women's record five medals -- three of them gold -- Jones has disappeared from track and field.
August 20, 2006 |
A day after leaving a track meet in Switzerland amid reports that she had failed a drug test, American track star Marion Jones remained silent Saturday. Jones told organizers of the meet that she was withdrawing for personal reasons, but sources told several news outlets Friday that Jones tested positive for the synthetic blood doping product erythropoietin, or EPO, at the U.S. nationals in Indianapolis last June.
October 7, 2007 |
Before the Games that made her daughter golden, Marion Jones' mother told a story about a young girl who always knew that some day she was going to be someone special. Her daughter was 5 at the time, watching the marriage of Diana and Charles on TV, and captivated by the red carpet rolled out in front of the royal couple. "Well, when I go places," Marion asked her mother that night, "why don't they roll it out for me?"