Originally created 02/28/05

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion

Can you imagine being at the 2000 Olympics with five medals, three gold and two bronze, hanging around your neck? Not only that but also receiving the title of Athlete of the Year by Associated Press, ESPN, Reuters and the I AAF? Well twenty-nine year old Marion Jones, an Olympic sprinter, and long-jump champion, knows the feeling.

Born in Los Angeles, California on October 12, 1975, Marion Jones devoted her life to sprinting. Jones participated in many sports, such as basketball and long-jumping, but was most prominent in sprinting. But just because she excelled in sports does not mean her life was easy. Jones' father left the family when she was only two. After yeas of pursuing her father, and him showing no interest, Jones gave up and turned her anger towards the track.

Marion Jones inspires me because she has shown me that even though her father abandoned her, she could still make a difference. Being in a situation similar to Jones', sometimes actually becoming someone who mattered seemed like the impossible. One day, as I was surfing the Internet, I found an article on Jones and I read about all her accomplishments and though, "Wow! If a person with a life like Marion Jones can do something positive regardless of the circumstances, then I can too!"

Although I did not start running track, I did start writing about my feelings toward my dad. When my teacher asked me to write an essay for Black History Month, I knew exactly who I was going to write about. I was going ti write about my inspiration. A woman, who went through a lifetime of hardships and prevailed. A woman who made something of herself despite the fact that all the odds were against her. A woman, who in my eyes is a hero, here is to you Marion Jones... thanks.


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