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Disgraced Olympian Marion Jones Let Off Easy in ESPN Documentary

Marion Jones

America loves a comeback story and few can compete with the tumultuous rise, fall and return of Marion Jones. Once a media darling, the disgraced Olympic sprinter lost the five medals she won at the 2000 Summer Games after admitting she used performance-enhancing drugs. When Jones had previously lied about that to federal investigators (as well as her role in a check-fraud case), she was sentenced to six months in prison. After a difficult incarceration that included a demoralizing seven-week stint in solitary confinement, she was ... read more

Marion Jones Brings Her Steroid Sob Story to Oprah

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As expected, Oprah did not go all James Frey on Marion Jones on Wednesday, instead asking the disgraced Olympic track star mostly softball questions. Jones, who is set to serve six months for lying to federal investigators about steroid use and her involvement in a money-laundering scheme, sat for her first interview since being sentenced on Jan. 11.Jones, who has two young children, had hoped for probation given the humiliation she has suffered since admitting her guilt in October. But U.S. District Court judge Kenneth M. Karas refused to let her off the hook, telling her "people live with their choices and the choice not to play by the rules has been compounded by the choice to break the law."Jones won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics (all of which she's given back to the International Olympic Committee), and claims that was the year she began using steroids. Her performances dating back to 1997 and 1998 seem to indicate that might not be the whole truth. It's unfortunate t... read more

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