Best of 2007: Marion Jones-Fall from Grace

Mike WoodsCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2007

WHITE PLAINS, NY - OCTOBER 5: Former track star Marion Jones pauses while speaking to the waiting media at Federal Court after pleading guilty to lying to a federal agent about her drug use October 5, 2007 in White Plains, New York. According to sources, this could result in her losing her five gold Olympic medals won in the Sydney 2000 games.  (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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She was an American hero. She captivated us all with her warm smile, her charismatic personality, her gracefulness on and off the track field, and in the same breathe—lied and cheated us all.

In light of the current probe into steroid use in baseball, Marion Jones fall  has to be what I consider one of the biggest sports stories of 2007.

No one suspected this beautiful young lady to fall the way that she did and in such a dramatic manner.

This is mainly because Jones was looked up to in so many ways, particularly by young girls and women in sports. She was the symbol of everything right in this area.

She was the Venus and Serena Williams of Track & Field.
She made us believe that an athlete could win 5 medals at Sydney and be absolutely dominant, without cheating the game.

She was the Jackie Joyner-Kersee of our time.

We wanted to believe her in 2004 when, under investigation, she vehemently denied using any drugs, and she made us believe her.

Marion Jones wouldn’t lie.

No way could a women so bright, at the top of her game, tarnish her career and reputation by cheating.

She did, and her reputation was not the only thing lost to her. Along with her 5 medals, 2 being gold, she lost our respect, and we lost our hero.

After testing positive for THG also known as 'The Clear"— also used by Gary Shefield and Jason Giambi, Jones finally decided to come out and let the world know the mistake she made.

Marion Jones officially retired in 2007 after admitting to steroid use between 2000-2001, but we will never forget her affect on sports. When the next Marion Jones comes around we will remember how easy and tempting it can be sometimes for athletes to resort to unethical methods of winning.

We now know that the desire to cheat your way to the top, can sometimes be too tempting.