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.
January 11, 1992
Marion Jones of Thousand Oaks High School, a standout basketball player and national-class sprinter, suffered a fractured left wrist and a dislocated jaw Thursday when she fell after being fouled during the third quarter of a Marmonte League girls' basketball game at Simi Valley High School. Elliott Mason Jr., Jones' personal track and field coach, said that the injuries probably will prevent Jones from competing in the Sunkist Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Sports Arena on Feb.
October 1, 2000 |
Jamaica's Sandie Richards knew before the rest of her 1,600-meter relay teammates that Marion Jones would run the third leg Saturday night for the United States. Richards specifically didn't tell Deon Hemmings, who would run the third leg for Jamaica. "I didn't want to scare her," Richards said. Hemmings said she doesn't scare easily. She got the baton at the same time as Jones, their teams vying for the lead after the first two legs, and then . . . " 'Oops,' I told myself," Hemmings said.
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.
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.
December 2, 1998 |
Marion Jones, who was undefeated in the sprints this year, and John Godina, unbeaten in the shot put, are the winners of the Jesse Owens Memorial Awards for 1998. Jones, a 1993 graduate of Thousand Oaks High, was 36-0 for the year in the 60, 100, 200 and 400 meters and long jump before finishing second to Heike Drechsler of Germany in the long jump at the World Cup--her final competition. Indoors, Jones equaled the U.S. 60-meter record of 6.95 seconds.
September 2, 2000 |
Maurice Greene ran the fastest 100 meters of the year, winning in 9.86 seconds Friday at the ISTAF meet, the last major track and field competition before the Sydney Olympics. Marion Jones won the women's 100, finishing in 10.78 to match her world-leading season-best that she ran in London on Aug. 5. Both marks broke meet records. Greene, who had the previous meet record at 9.94, got a fast start out of the blocks and won by a large margin over fellow American Jon Drummond, who finished in 9.96.
May 18, 1991 |
Sophomore Marion Jones reinforced her claim as the best high school female sprinter in the nation Friday with three record efforts in winning four events as Oxnard Rio Mesa won its second consecutive Southern Section 3-A track and field title at Cerritos College. Jones, defending State 100- and 200-meter champion, won both sprints and the 400 meters and anchored the Spartans' winning 400-meter relay team. Jones set records of 11.