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Marion Jones      

Former Track & Field Athlete

Marion Jones is one of the most celebrated athletes of our time. After leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to the 1994 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, Marion turned her attention to track and field and was hailed as the "the fastest woman on the planet" for more than a decade. At the 2000 Olympic Games, she became the first woman ever to win five medals at one Olympics.

But in 2007, Marion was stripped of those medals because of her admission to using performance-enhancing drugs. As a result of her confession, Marion was sentenced and served six months in federal prison for lying to federal investigators. Marion voluntarily returned her five Olympic medals and publicly apologized to her family, friends, and fans all over the world.

As a result, Marion has now committed her life to inspiring others who face life-challenging situations. Her first book, On the Right Track: From Olympic Downfall to Finding Forgiveness and the Strength to Overcome and Succeed was published in 2010.

As a public speaker and published author, Marion candidly, articulately and passionately shares her life story, how she came to grips with her lies and the consequences of her actions, and how she found meaning in all of it. She discusses 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.

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