Turns out she cheated, and now her medals will probably be taken away. She's expected to plead guilty on Friday to lying to the feds about using performance-enhancing drugs. According to The New York Times:
Ms. Jones, 31 ... would become the first athlete convicted in the cases arising out of the four-year Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative investigation that has fueled a continuing series of steroid scandals in sports. Five men who manufactured, marketed or supplied the drugs to athletes have pleaded guilty, and three of them have served time in prison.
Ms. Jones is expected to plead guilty to one count of making false statements to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and one count of making false statements to federal agents in connection with a separate check fraud case, the lawyers said.
It's easy to tear down the track athletes. They make NBC no money, they have no anti-trust exemption, no high-profile union. As a runner, much as a cycling friend of mine has expressed, it's sad to see the shining stars of an underappreciated activity leave the amateurs--we who work our asses off to simply finish a marathon, or ride in the MS150--without anyone "big-time" to look up to. Thankfully, in our sports we respect ourselves, our local peers and our bodies, and the Marion Joneses and Floyd Landises of the world can just sit on it and spin. Let's see the baseball fans (and I'm one of 'em, die-hard) deal as well when the home run king is unmasked in court. Alas, it may never happen.
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