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When Marion Jones speaks, she doesn’t run from her past

WHO: Marion Jones

WHAT: The words burst forth from Marion Jones. Strong and fast and passionate, even over the phone from her home in Austin, Texas. She talks for a living now. She talks about herself — and there’s a lot say. Jones was on the University of North Carolina’s championship women’s basketball team in 1994. As a sprinter and long jumper at the 2000 Sydney Games, she became the first female to win five medals at a single Olympics. But the world’s fastest woman was surrounded by speculation she was using performance-enhancing drugs, though she denied it at every turn. In October 2007, she admitted that she had used steroids and was soon sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal investigators. She served her time and returned her medals. Since her release, the mother of three has played a season and a half in the WNBA, and, two months ago, served as an envoy on a US State Department trip. She will speak today at the Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Convention Center and tomorrow at UMass-Boston.

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