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Marion Jones

The Short List
  • Five-time Olympic medalist, two-time Olympian (2000, 2004)
  • Became the first female track and field athlete to win five medals in one Olympics in Sydney, winning three gold (100m,200m, 4x400m), and two bronze (long jump, 4x100m)
  • Three-time Jesse Owens Award winner ('97,'98,'02)
  • Two-time World 100m champion (’97, ’99); 2001 World 200m gold medalist
  • Ten-time U.S. Outdoor champion
Did You Know?
  • Went undefeated in 2002, earning $150,000 for topping the overall IAAF Grand Prix point standings
  • Returned to competition in 2004 after giving birth to her first child (June 2003); put emphasis on the long jump and all six of her jumps at the 2004 Olympic Trials exceeding 22 feet
  • Won 42 consecutive finals in the 100m dash, spanning from 1998 to 2001
  • Inspired to be a track athlete by watching the 1984 Olympic Games and watching the late Florence Griffith-Joyner
  • Never lost in high school competition after her freshman year
  • Holds the national high school record in the 200 meters
  • Trains alongside men's 100m world record-holder and boyfriend Tim Montgomery
  • Provided sideline reports for NBC's WNBA coverage and color commentary for CBS' NCAA Women's College Basketball
  • Played basketball too, helping North Carolina to the NCAA title in her freshman year
  • Majored in journalism/communications at North Carolina
  • Featured on the covers of Vogue and Ebony magazines in 2001
  • Holds dual nationality with country of Belize, where her mother is from
It's Every Day

On who's great: “Greatness is defined by someone who is not simply awesome and wonderful in the sport they compete in but goes beyond that and is great in whatever they do off the track or off the court,” she said. “They can make a difference in the world, whether it's by helping kids or helping people in need.”

Related Links

Photo gallery: Olympian and track star Marion Jones
Photo gallery: 2002 National Championships
Video: Jones on breaking world records hi | lo




Height: 5’ 11
Born: 10/12/1975
Hometown: Palmdale, Calif.
Resides: Raleigh, N.C.
Sport: Track & Field
Event: 100m, 200m, 400m, Long Jump

 
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