Marion Jones
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Marion Jones dominated track and field for much of the late 1990's, becoming known as "the fastest woman on the planet". With her ability to show grace under pressure, fierce will to succeed and stunning athletic ability, Jones' future is sure to be golden.
After becoming the first female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics in Sydney - gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay, and bronze in the long jump and 4x100 relay, Jones added new hardware to her resume in 2001 with her first 200m world title and second 4x100m crown. The top 10 100 meter times in the U.S. in 2001 and four of the top five times in the world belong to Jones… in 2002 Jones earned a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot for the third time in her career (1998-’01-’02) for her seven wins on the circuit in the 100 meters. She ended the 2002 campaign undefeated for the first time in her career.

A terrific basketball player, she averaged 22.8 points per game as a high school senior and was named California Division I Player of the Year. As a point guard, she helped North Carolina to the NCAA title in her first year of college ball. Jones missed the 1996 season after breaking a bone in her foot (5th metatarsal) the previous fall while prepping for the U.S. basketball team at the World University Games...Jones was inspired to be a track athlete by the athletes she saw compete at the 1984 Olympics and by the late Florence Griffith-Joyner... never lost in high school competition after her freshman year, and she holds the national high school record in the 200 meters. When she graduated from high school she was #2 on both the 100 and LJ all-time lists...

A journalism/ communications major while at North Carolina, Jones made her broadcasting debut in 2001, providing color commentary at the Pontiac Grand Prix USA Indoor Championships and the Peregrine Systems U.S. Open. Jones was also on the basketball court providing sideline reports for NBC's WNBA coverage and in the booth providing color commentary for CBS' NCAA Women's College Basketball… In 2002 she has made multiple TV appearances doing sports commentary, including the U.S. Indoor Championships, Winter Olympics and WNBA games. … In 2001, Jones was featured on the covers of Vogue and Ebony magazines… is coached by Trevor Graham, a Jamaican Olympian. … did not long jump in 2001 and also will take 2002 off from the event, with plans to return to jumping in 2003. … says the 2008 Games in Beijing will be her last Olympics.

 


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