Saturday, November 1, 2008

Why Marion Jones Is No Longer Relevant

Marion Jones did track and field a favor on Wednesday, when she appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Her interview shed light on a selfish individual, who for whatever reason is still holding back on the details related to her fall in the sport.

It seems as though there is much more to the story, but at this point, who really cares?

Her actions have had far reaching impact that she did not foresee. Marion participated in doping and as a result her 400 and 1,600-meter relay teammates from Sydney were stripped of their medals, even though they played by the rules.

The blow back of her selfish actions hit the sport, which was left with a diminished reputation and bank account. Simply put, Jones cost the sport money while at the same time effectively reducing the career earning potential of countless athletes that had nothing to do with her.

At every chance, the media takes aim at Marion Jones, as an example of all that is wrong with track and field.

With that, there is also some good. Despite her best attempts, Jones did not succeed at bringing down the sport. Last year the grand prix meets were still held, and the U.S. Olympic Trials and Beijing Games were run despite her actions. Marion Jones is not and will never be larger than the sport.

The time to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth has passed. Jones is probably still lying albeit maybe only to herself these days. She will never run in the sport again-it's over. It is time that everyone acknowledges this fact.

We hope this is the last time that we have to talk about Jones. The sport has moved on past the Marion Jones era because she is no longer relevent to the todays events in track and field.

Jay Hicks for Prerace Jitters.


  1. Thanks for the support!

    Jay Hicks