more than a decade, Marion Jones was hailed as the "the fastest woman
on the planet." At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, she
became the first woman ever to win five medals at one Olympics. That
same year, the Associated Press and ESPN named her Athlete of the Year.
She was on the cover of Vogue
She seemed to have it all—fame, fortune, talent, and
international acclaim. Now she is a convicted felon.
The trouble started in 2003 when she lied to federal agents about her
use of a performance-enhancing drug and her knowledge of a check fraud
scam. In 2007, no longer able to live with the lies, she admitted the
truth. In a sad end to what seemed like a storybook career, she was
stripped of her medals, and her track-and-field records were wiped from
She was incarcerated at Carswell federal prison in Fort Worth,
Texas—a prison known for its violence and abuse. While there,
she kept herself in shape and her sanity intact by running on a dirt
track and a treadmill in the prison's improvised weight room. But her
imprisonment was not the end for Marion Jones. In fact, it marked a new
beginning. She is now using her story to change the lives of people the
world over and inspire others who, like her, face obstacles that seem
On the Right Track is
the candidly told story of how Marion came to grips with her lies and
the consequences of her actions, and how she found meaning in all of
it. What she tells her children and has now applied to her own life is
that when you make a mistake, you admit it, you accept the
consequences, you move on, you make the wrong a right. She teaches her
children and others to take a break and pause before making impulsive
and potentially harmful decisions.
At the heart of this book are real issues that we all face: learning to
grow through pain; making decisions that will help us far into the
future; overcoming failure and discouragement; and applying practical
principles that point the way to personal and spiritual breakthrough.
the Right Track
by Marion Jones
with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
Howard Books (Simon & Schuster)
Date: October 2010
pages, 6.25" x 9.5"