Track star Marion Jones admits doping before 2000 Sydney Games
By The Associated Press
Marion Jones admitted using steroids before the 2000 Olympics in
a recent letter to close family and friends, The Washington Post
Jones, who won five medals in Sydney, said she took "the
clear" for two years, beginning in 1999, and that she got it from
former coach Trevor Graham, who told her it was flaxseed oil, the
"The clear" is a performance-enhancing drug linked to BALCO,
the lab at the center of a federal steroids investigation. Until
now, Jones had steadfastly denied she ever took any kind of
Jones also said she will plead guilty Friday in New York to two
counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and an
unrelated financial matter, the Post reported.
"I want to apologize for all of this," the Post reported,
quoting a person who received a copy of the letter and read it to
the paper. "I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many
The admission could cost Jones the medals from the Sydney
Olympics, where she was one of the United States' brightest stars.
Though she fell short of her goal of winning five gold medals, she
came away with three and two bronzes.
But her career has been tarnished since then by doping
allegations. In her letter, Jones said she lied when she was
questioned in 2003 by federal agents investigating the Bay Area
Laboratory Co-Operative. Jones said she panicked when agents
presented her with a sample of "the clear," which she recognized
as the substance Graham had given her.
In the letter, Jones said she didn't realize she'd used a
performance-enhancing drug until she stopped training with Graham
at the end of 2002.
"Red flags should have been raised when he told me not to tell
anyone," the Post reported, quoting the letter.
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