Marion Jones @ Oprah Winfrey Show

The Oprah Winfrey show lands the first interview with track athlete Marion Jones since serving six months in prison because she lied to the federal jury about her steroid consumption as an Olympian.


George Burns @ Harpo / Associated Press

On transcending being an athlete: In the past, it was Marion Jones, the athlete. Now, of course, I don’t have that cover anymore. I have really had to find out who I am, you know. And why I make certain choices.

On Oprah asking if she will ever run again: “No, I will never run again. I have retired from the sport.”

On being sad about not running: There is a bit of sadness, because I love to compete. By the same token, I am energized by this next chapter and I think it’s going to be bigger and better than that last chapter. I need to find out now how to connect with people on a much bigger level. I do not want for the legacy of Marion Jones-Thompson now to be this. I want it to be something bigger and better — something for my kids to be proud of.

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