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Marion Jones Representing US on Diplomatic Visits

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By JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

Former Olympic track athlete and Tulsa Shock guard Marion Jones has been chosen by the State
Department to represent the United States on a series of diplomatic visits to Serbia and Croatia this week.

Jones won five medals at the 2000 Olympics but had them taken away and served prison time for lying to federal investigators about taking performance-enhancing drugs.

She later played for a season and a half in the WNBA with the Tulsa Shock. She was cut from the roster in July after averaging under one point per game for the 3-and-31 Shock.

Ryan Rowlands, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, says Jones was chosen to visit the region hit by war and an earthquake in recent years because she's an example that "you
can have things go wrong and you can move beyond them."

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