Marion Jones Thompson at the 2000 Olympic Games

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During the summer of 2000, track-and-field star Marion Jones Thompson earned the admiration of millions at the Sydney Olympic Games. After winning three gold and two bronze medals, Marion was considered the fastest woman alive and, perhaps, the finest female athlete in the world.

Not long after her triumphant return to the United States, Marion was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, which she vehemently denied. Then, in 2004, ABC aired an exclusive 20/20 interview with Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO). During the interview, Victor said he sat next to Marion while she injected herself with an anabolic steroid known as "the clear" in 2000.

Three days later, the International Olympic Committee began investigating these allegations. Three years later, Marion finally admitted the truth to a grand jury.

On October 5, 2007, Marion called a press conference to offer a public apology and take responsibility for her actions. "So it is with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust," she said. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Marion pled guilty to two counts of making false statement to federal agents. She was stripped of her medals and, eventually, her freedom.
FROM: Former Olympic Medalist Marion Jones' First Interview After Prison
Published on October 27, 2008


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