By Bill Gutman
on the Sydney video games, Marion Jones strove to develop into the 1st individual ever to win 5 gold medals in music and box at a unmarried Olympics, making headlines for easily believeing she may well do it. pushed to prevail at a truly early age, Marion received a number of titiles on the Junior nationwide Championships and set a junior checklist within the 2 hundred meters. A multisport athlete, she helped lead the collage of North Carolina women's basketball crew to a countrywide championship in the course of her freshman yr and in addition competed in music and box, till an harm compelled her to reevaluate her priorities.
Refocused on her song profession, Marion fast grew to become the lady to overcome, racking up a magnificent thirty-five wims of the thiry-six occasions she entred in 1998. And after one other harm sidelined her hopes of successful 4 gold medal on the 1999 global Championships, marion fought again within the 2000 season and is once more dominating the sphere.
Get the complete tale of this striking runner's race for the list, from her formative years desires of gold medals to her tricky selection among activities and her made up our minds force to develop into the quickest girl on this planet.
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Can Marion Jones make track history? As she continues her quest, more people are learning about this remarkable woman with incredible athletic skills and dogged determination. She could well become the first major athletic story of the new millennium. Chapter 1 A Star Is Born No one can predict athletic stardom from day one. First, the genes have to be there, the natural talent that will blossom as a young boy or girl grows and begins to play sports. Then there has to be opportunity—to be encouraged to play and learn the skills, to find the competition, to acquire a good, understanding coach, and finally to acquire a love of the sporting life.
Marion received another letter from the TAC. This one said she was suspended for four years! “Elliott called them as soon as he found the letter,” Marion’s mother said, “but they didn’t want to hear it. In their eyes, Marion had committed a crime and had to be punished. ” The way the TAC looked at it, if an athlete didn’t report for a drug test, it was tantamount to an admission of guilt. The athlete didn’t report because he or she couldn’t pass. To make matters worse, Marion learned of her suspension by reading it in the papers.
Now she was playing alongside women who were skilled and competitive, and who loved everything about the game. Even when practice was over, they played some more, organizing pickup games whenever they had the chance. Marion described that first taste of collegiate ball in three simple words. “It was wonderful,” she said. Despite a fine season the year before, the returning players were still smarting from a 74–54 loss to Tennessee in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament, a defeat viewed as embarrassing to all of them.