Marion Jones' Former Olympics Teammates Want Their Medals Back
Quibian Salazar | 5/14/2010, 6:09 a.m.
Marion Jones. Courtesy Photo
Former Olympic runner Marion Jones has moved on with her life, after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She served a stint in jail, came out and announced she wanted to play basketball, and now she's on the roster of WNBA team, with the Tulsa Shock.
Her teammates from the 2000 Olympics, however, haven't moved on. When Jones admitted to using drugs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped her of her medals and stripped her teammates,' who took part in the U.S. Women's 4x400 Relay Team and 4x100 Relay Team, medals too.
Now those women have brought the case to the top-governing sports authority, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), to see if they can get the IOC decision appealed.
Jones ran the 4x400 relay with Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson. She ran the 4x100 with Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson, although Perry is not participating in the appeal.
The women believe they shouldn't be punished for the actions of Jones.
In a case involving Jerome Young, a member of the Men's U.S. 4x400 Relay Team, he was retroactively banned from the 2000 Olympic Games, but his teammates were able to keep their gold medals despite the IOC initially stripping them.
It'll be a few weeks before the CAS makes their decision.