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Marion Jones, Home for a visit #223032
12/14/06 02:21 AM
12/14/06 02:21 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Last week Belize's sweetheart, Marion Jones, arrived in the country with her three year old son Monty. And while she did not receive the hero's welcome that greeted her back in 2001, that doesn't mean we love her any less. This afternoon Jones sat down with the press and spoke candidly about the past year, her plans for the future and the status of the sporting complex that bears her name.

Marion Jones, Home for a visit
ďI am just visiting family, itís been a few years since Iíve been here. So Iíve come to celebrate some family events and have my son see home for the first time and see his family and just really laying low. This is the off season as you some of you may know, so Iím not training presently, but just here to enjoy Belize.Ē

Marion on the past season

Marion Jones
ďI won most of my races and my times are becoming faster and Iím starting to get faster and faster. It was a struggle after he was born and so much going on but I finally this year started to find my running style again and started to feel comfortable.Ē

Marion on the Balco Drug Scandal

Marion Jones
ďIíve moved past it a long time ago. The media sometimes will keep it going and keep it going, but I donít wake up in the morning thinking about it. Occasionally when a question is asked about it, I will address it but itís very simple, Iíve never done anything wrong, Iíve never taken any illegal substances and thatís really what it comes down to, thereís no need to get into it at all.Ē

Marion on the Marion Jones Sporting Complex

Marion Jones
ďThere was some money secured for the stadium and weíve been waiting and have been waiting for a long time to see it equalled and it hadnít been equalled, so thatís really where weíre at with that. Tomorrow Iíll have a chance to speak with some leaders in the government and continue talks.Ē

ďItís very unfortunate. I was very passionate and still am on seeing the youth in Belize able to participate, compete, train in a world class facility because thatís how you compete against the best in the world. But there have been some problems with money this that and the other, but by no means have I given up in the effort to make the stadium great.Ē

ďSure I would love for it to have already happened and for me to be having this press conference in a brand new facility, but we all know how things go sometimes and it takes a little longer than I would have wanted to, but I am not ashamed at all that my name is on the stadium, actually I am still very proud, because I know that with that things will happen.Ē

Marionís Plans For the Future

Marion Jones
ďI just need to make a lot of decision about the future. Over the next few monthsómy son is getting to be at an age where I want to be more and moreóitís necessary for me to more and more present. And to me thatís the most important thing in my life, please donít get it wrong that track and field is the number one priority in my life, being a mother and being part of a family is the number one thing. Iíll just make some decision with my family about what the future holds. After 2008 he would have started school by then and I want to be around, I want to make sure heís there when the school bus drop him off and I help him with homework and like that.Ē

Merry Christmas from Marion

Marion Jones
ďI just want to say hello to all my fellow Belizeans. I am here in town and I just want to wish everybody a very happy and merry Christmas.Ē

Re: Marion Jones, Home for a visit [Re: Marty] #223067
12/14/06 11:35 AM
12/14/06 11:35 AM
Joined: Nov 2002
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Sir Isaac Newton Offline
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My girls got to meet her. They thought it was a big deal as my little one wants to be an Olympic sprinter for Belize.


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Re: Marion Jones, Home for a visit [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #223074
12/14/06 12:31 PM
12/14/06 12:31 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
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klcman Offline
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If ya let her chase after you, she will be in excellent condtion!

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