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    Marion Jones is back on track. Marion has resumed her training just after giving birth this month to Tim Jr. Will she come back stronger and dominate both 100 and 200 in 2004?

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    Re: Marion Jones

    And her nemesis the Long Jump as well!

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    • #3
      Re: Marion Jones

      Has she really resumed training, or are you just speculating while posing a question?

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      • #4
        Re: Marion Jones

        >Has she really resumed training, or are you just
        >speculating while posing a question?

        That's what is great about google. Looks like it is old news.

        "Charlie Wells, agent for the sprint speedster, told AFP here Friday that Jones went back to training on the track Monday. “She got the release from the doctors. She started Monday,” Wells said. “She’s in shape. You could never tell she’s got a baby.”"

        More here:


        http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.as ... 2003_pg8_8

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        • #5
          Re: Marion Jones

          Even if Marion hadn't been pregnant and was competing now, I'm not so sure she would be as dominate as we've seen in the past. Other athletes are gaining ground(Chaundra, Kelly, Torre, Zhana, and so on). I'll be the first to say that Marion will not be the 100m gold medalist in Greece next year.

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          • #6
            Re: Marion Jones

            >Even if Marion hadn't been pregnant and was
            >competing now, I'm not so sure she would be as
            >dominate as we've seen in the past. Other
            >athletes are gaining ground(Chaundra, Kelly,
            >Torre, Zhana, and so on). I'll be the first to
            >say that Marion will not be the 100m gold
            >medalist in Greece next year.


            I disagree. I think we will see a new, faster, more motivated Marion. We have American runners in the past, have babies, and bounce back with a vengance and I think we will see Marion do the same...watch out!!!

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            • #7
              Re: Marion Jones

              Are you nuts? The only athlete to gain ground on Marion this year has been Kellie White, who is in a valley right now. She has a windy 10.79, but just a 10.93 legal. Zhana is injured, Torri is better in the 200 than the 100, and Sturrup's PR, even though she is running great now, dates from 2000 (10.86). Remember, pregnancy makes the ladies stronger.

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              • #8
                Re: Marion Jones

                I'm not saying she won't come back strong, however, I will say that she won't beat her former training partner in Chaundra Stirrup next year. Point Blank!

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                • #9
                  Re: Marion Jones

                  Not only will Marion dominate next year, but she will have her best year ever. Her will to succeed will burn brightly due to motherhood, her support from Tim, Sr. and the realization that she's just been going through the motions for several years now. She realizes that she's getting older and that her child will soon be an all-consuming passion. She'll be 29 in 2004 and that is exactly the physical peak of one's athletic career. The stars are lining up perfectly. I predict taht with the proper circumstances (i.e. relay 'luck') she will get her 5 golds and consider immediate retirement.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Marion Jones

                    C'mon, Tafnut, she still has shown no evidence of being likely to win a gold in the LJ. That figures to be her biggest obstacle to winning 5 golds in Athens. Yes, based on her speed and talent, she could win the LJ on a given day. But given her history with the event, it would a fluke. Of course, with different coaching and more concentration on it, she could improve and become a consistent 7 meter jumper.

                    I'll believe it when I see it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Marion Jones

                      here's why I think this way:

                      Jones, Montgomery name Pfaff as new coach
                      July 09, 2003 11:12 IST
                      Olympic champion Marion Jones and her partner, world 100-metres record holder Tim Montgomery, named Dan Pfaff as their new coach on Tuesday.
                      Pfaff, who was an assistant coach at the University of Texas for the last seven years, had coached Canada's Donovan Bailey to the 100-metre world record in 1996.
                      "We are extremely excited and looking forward to working with someone as experienced as Dan," the couple said in a statement on Tuesday.
                      "We feel that Dan will bring an element to our training that we have never experienced before, particularly his expertise as a technician in the sprints as well as the long jump."
                      The 49-year-old Pfaff is a specialist in both the sprints and field events, which would help Jones, who has said she would like to compete in both the long jump and sprints next year at the Athens Olympics.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Marion Jones

                        You're making an assumption that coaching is the reason she has not been as successful in in the long jump as she has in the sprints. that may be, but it's not proven yet.

                        Notice that the other factor I mentioned in my previous message was concentration on the event. Unless she is really willing and able to spend more time on the event, including both training and competition, I think she's unlikely to get there no matter who is coaching her.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Marion Jones

                          which all goes back to my observation about why she's more motivated than ever before in her life. She sees that this may be her last best chance to become immortal. Hiring Pfaff speaks volumes. Everyone agrees she has the most talent in the world, all she was missing was the patience and motivation to dot all the i's and cross all the t's (cliche). I say she has that missing piece to the puzzle now.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Marion Jones

                            If you read the comments in the past about Marion in the long jump (IE this periodical, SI, and USA today as well as NBC) there has been insinuation that she has not been given adequate expertise under her previous coaching program. Note the inconsistancy form 1997-2000. Same coach, differnect styles and very elementary. In fact when I teach long jumpers Marion 1999 World Championships competitions is on my "how not to" long jump. Under her past coaching the WR she would most likely not get would have been the LJ. Under the new coach this will be the most likely event where Marion will make an impact. Dan Pfaff has superior knowledge of the event as I have heard him present and speak at national clinics.
                            Only time will tell. Peace out.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Marion Jones

                              I hope you're right.

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