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Marion Jones talks about her life in new book. CC by PuddleDuckAsh/Flickr

Marion Jones won five Olympic medals in 2000. In 2008, Jones was sent to prison for lying about drug use. Jones covers the prison sentence, as well as her athletic career, in “On The Right Track.”

Marion Jones as an athlete

”The fastest woman on Earth” is what Marion Jones was known as. Marion Jones was first accused of doping in high school, although she was cleared of that later, and she won many track and field events. She declined an invitation to be a part of the 1992 Olympic team and instead went to the University of North Carolina on a basketball scholarship. No other female athlete has ever been able to get five Olympic medals, which she received in 2000. That was when things went wrong again. Marion Jones was again accused of using drugs.

Marion Jones and steroid use

For many years, Marion Jones denied that she had taken any kind of performance-enhancing drug. Because of check fraud, she was sent to prison for six months in 2008, while also being accused of lying to federal prosecutors about the drug use. She also lost her Olympic medals. She did not knowingly take the steroids,  she claims. She said she just took whatever her coaches and trainers gave her rather than paying attention to what it was. Using the performance enhancing drugs wasn’t what got Jones put in prison. It was that she lied about the performance enhancing drugs.

Self-reflection is what Marion Jones thinks others should look for

”On the Right Track” is a book that Marion Jones just wrote. When presenting this to schools, she says self-reflection is important. She says people must take a moment to simply think before big decisions, which she says she didn’t do when she chose to lie to federal investigators. One chapter in her book called “Blessed” has a paragraph that says, “I don’t want to be remembered for the records I broke, the races I won, or the medals I lost. I want to be remembered for the very worst mistake I ever made and how I turned it into a life-affirming positive for the world.”

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