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Topic: What are they going to do with Marion Jones' gold medals?

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Subject: What are they going to do with Marion Jones' gold medals?
Date Posted: 11/8/2007 3:05 AM ET
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The Olympic committee is in quite a quandary over what to do with Marion Jones' gold medals now that she has given them back.

First:  Normally the gold goes to the silver medalist.  However, in one of Jones' wins the silver medalist turned out to be one of Greek runners who was involved in that doping scandal during the Greek Olympics (she was one of the people who fled before her drug test).  They've decided that she won't get the medal unless she can prove she was drug free.

Second:  Jones was in the 4x100 or 4x400 relay (I forget which)  She tested positive, but none of her relay mates tested positive or have been accused.  The committee doesn't know what to do.  Do they strip the whole team of their medals because one member was found to have cheated?  Do they strip Jones' medal but leave the others intact?

The second problem is tough.  It seems unfair to strip all 4 women of their medals.  Then, even though they didn't all cheat, they had a cheater on their team.  I think that should disqualify them all and the gold should go to second place.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 4:43 AM ET
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Good grief!  How sad is this that the person who won the siver medal can't get the gold because she also was disqualified.  When are these people going to learn?  I've always felt that it's a wimpy excuse for an athlete to say "Oh, I didn't know  what I was taking had (steroids, HGH, whatever) in it"  or "My trainer said this was okay".  These peoples jobs are to be athletes.  Whether it is in the Olympics, the NFL, the NBA or MLB.  If I was one of them I'd darn well be absolutely sure what I was taking was legitamite (I don't think I spelled that right).  And if necessary I'd have it analyzed to be extra sure.  Not only is this stuff not good for them, being caught taking it could ruin their careers.  Maybe if enough of them end up being used car salesmen they'll all start to get the hint!

Date Posted: 11/10/2007 2:56 AM ET
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I agree with you, Joy.  I don't buy the "I didn't realize what it was" argument either.  Do people just injest things without having a clue as to what it might be or what it might do to them?

I don't know what it will take. Probably lifetime bans from sports if they get caught.

To me, it's not the same level of excellence if you cheat to achieve it.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 12:44 PM ET
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It's kind of like the people on Cops not realizing there was cocaine in their pocket.  (Of course, this is not quite the white trash scale that is on but still very irresponible)

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 2:25 AM ET
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LOL Shannon...it certainly would be difficult to not claim drugs in your own pocket.  :)