“World’s Fastest Woman” Can’t Outrun Steroids Scandal

She’s been called “The fastest woman on Earth, and arguably the best female athlete in the world.”[1] But Marion Jones’ long-distance run against steroid accusations ended in defeat earlier today.

The AP reported:

Marion Jones’ … words rang out in the silent, stately federal courtroom.

She was a liar and a cheat, she told the judge….

And so ended years of angry denials by one of the world’s most celebrated athletes.

The owner of three Olympic golds and two bronze medals, Jones came clean Friday and admitted she used steroids. She pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, then announced her retirement in a tearful apology outside the U.S. District Court.

“It’s with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust,” Jones said, her voice cracking as her mother stood behind her, a strong and supportive hand on her shoulder.

“I have been dishonest and you have the right to be angry with me. I have let (my family) down. I have let my country down, and I have let myself down,” she said, pausing frequently to regain her composure.

Time, one of many to put Jones on their cover, said:

You wanted to believe her. She made you believe. She was good like that. Marion Jones, TIME cover girl, winner of five medals — three gold — at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and now an admitted steroid user, sat in a sweltering press tent at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in Sacramento, and put on an Oscar-worthy show.

Five Olympic medals are history. In a dark day for athletics of any kind, much less the Olympics, Jones takes her place in the Olympic Hall of Shame alongside Canadian Ben Johnson, whose 1988 malfeasance was discovered much more quickly.

Yes, Marion, you have let your country down. In a day when we need all the positives we can get, you tied the name Cheater, not just to Marion Jones, but in the eyes of many around the world, to the U.S.A. Of course, Ben Johnson’s cheating didn’t make Canada a cheating nation. We know it was Johnson alone and not his team or country. And we know our country is not a cheating nation either. We don’t want to win that way. But that won’t stop others from saying it.

Honesty and ethics in sports go far beyond the individual. This case shows that someone who cheats for herself can reflect poorly on an entire nation.

Let the light of truth shine. The U.S.A. wants no wins it doesn’t deserve.


1. Infoplease.com, “Marion Jones: The first woman to win five medals at one Olympics”


3 Responses to ““World’s Fastest Woman” Can’t Outrun Steroids Scandal”

  1. 1 George J. Mitchell October 8, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Nike knows doping. They endorse many cheats and frauds:

    Lance Pharmstrong (cow blood, steroids, insulin and other)
    Tiger Woods (35 bs of new muscle mass0
    Kobe Bryant (rape)
    Michael Jordon (out-of-wedlock kids)
    Marion Jones (Balco doper)
    Baroid Bonds (Blaco doper
    Jason Giambi (Balco doper)
    Gary Sheffield (Balco doper)
    Jutin Gatlin (exogenous testosterone)
    Kelli White (Balco doper)
    Tori Edwards (stimulants)

    LIVE WRONG! Swoosh. Cheat to win

  2. 2 Steroids Canada January 3, 2015 at 5:01 am

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