CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - They say it's not how hard one falls, but how they get back up that defines a person. That's certainly true for former Olympic track star Marion Jones. Jones shared her struggles and triumphs at the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast in Cedar Rapids Friday morning.
The record-breaking track star won five medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won three gold and two bronze medals, including taking the top spot in both the 100 and 200 meter races. However, she admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs seven years later. As a result, she had to return her medals. She also spent six months in prison for lying to investigators.
Now Jones is moving past all that, enjoying time with her family, and traveling the country sharing her story with others. Her message: life doesn't end when you make a poor choice.
"You move on, you move forward, you set your goal, you set your path, and if you do that your life can be a lot better," says Jones.
Around 400 people filled the ballroom of the Hotel Kirkwood to hear Jones' message. Proceeds from the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast go to The House of Hope and Linn County Correctional Chaplaincy.