Jones goes quietly in Athens

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Four years ago she was the toast of Sydney. All Marion Jones had to do was flash that winning smile and hearts around the world melted.

Athens:

Four years ago she was the toast of Sydney. All Marion Jones had to do was flash that winning smile, talk about her attempt to win five gold medals in athletics, and hearts around the world melted. Her face was plastered everywhere, from television and magazine ads to giant billboards. But now, in only one solo event and under the cloud of a doping investigation, Jones has kept a low profile in Athens. The spotlight is off, and no matter what she does in Athens, it may never find her again. "Every athlete has their era I guess," said Lauryn Williams, who won silver in the 100 meters. "But I haven't focused on the fact that she's not in the spotlight. I've been focusing more on getting the spotlight." Jones begins her second Olympics today in the long jump. Qualifying in the 400-meter relay starts on Thursday, and Jones is being considered for the team even though she is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. She has been practicing with other members of the relay pool the last several weeks. Williams said Jones has been a great teammate, keeping things light but also giving advice when needed. (AP)

Topics : Athletics
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