Marion Jones steroidsFormer track superstar Marion Jones’ first interview since her release from a Texas federal prison last month was with the Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey.

Jones openly and tearfully talked about her fall from grace because of her use of anabolic steroids. She was confident to answer though that even without the illicit drugs she would still have won the gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

“I’ll ask myself, `Well, if you hadn’t been given “the clear” do you think you would’ve won?”‘ Jones said on a taped episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” broadcast Wednesday.
“I usually answer, ‘Yes.”

Jones described her confrontation with the prosecutors when they showed her a vial of the designer steroid known as “The Clear”. Jones said she instantly knew it was the steroid Trevor Graham, her former coach, had given her. However, she opted to lie about it, saying she thought Graham was providing her with a flaxseed oil and that she only learned that it was actually tetrahydrogestrinone through the prosecutors.

“I made the decision I was going to lie and try to cover it up,” Jones said on Winfrey’s show. “I knew that all of my performances would be questioned.”

Jones was imprisoned for six months for lying about her use of steroids and her involvement in a check-fraud scam.

Since the BALCO scandal exploded in 2003, Jones had vehemently denied doping until her appearance before a federal court last year where and when she finally confessed that she was on “The Clear” from September 2000 to July 2001. Subsequent to her admission, Jones was stripped of all her medals she won in Sydney – three gold medals and two bronzes.

Jones also offered her apologies to her teammates who had also been stripped of their medals because of her doping infringement. She was part of the US relay teams that won gold medals in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter events in Sydney.

“When I stepped on that track, I thought everybody was drug-free, including myself,” Jones said. “I apologize for having to put everybody through all of this.

“I’m trying to move on. I hope that everybody else can move on, too.”