I think the people hit worst by this and similar situations are the people in 4th place. Imagine the money earning potential lost by not having an Olympic medal that they actually should have had. They can never get that back, especially now when most of their careers are over.
JMC earned more money in her career because of the Gold medal she got with Jones. She may have to return the medal, but she won't have to return all the appearance money. And those who did not have the medals can never get it.
It's true what Clark said about Jones damaging the authenticity of all athletes, because now as I read the harsh statements of Jones' competitors on her transgressions, I wonder how many of them are hypocrites and are/were doping too. Track and field in the US was already nearly dead and was probably less popular than synchronized swimming. Now even I, a die hard track fan, don't want to hear about any new fast sprint times. Very few runners interest me now. I'm probably only interested in the performances of Jeremy Wariner and Galen Rupp and maybe Alan Webb. Perhaps Allyson Felix is compelling to me too. Thanks to the sins of Jones and Graham and Conte, et. al., T&F feels so pathetic now, filled with nothing more than bad feeling and unpleasantness.
Run DMC wrote:JMC earned more money in her career because of the Gold medal she got with Jones.
Exactly . . .
I don't think relay medalists earn much if anything off their wins. Obviously there are rare circumstances, but generally most are fairly non-descript runners. I recall the Canadian team runners complaining how their countries big companies never offered anything to them.
Her last full season was 2004. According to Jalava's web site, she ran one indoor meet and one outdoors in 2005, and her birthday is in September, so she'll be practically 42 by the time of the Beijing Games.
That's old, all right, but I wouldn't count her out. IIRC, at least some of her inactivity over the past two years has been due to maternity. And she ran under 1:59 when she was 35, 36, 37, and 38. Can she get back into that kind of shape? Who knows, but she has always been very competitive and if anyone can do this, she can (not to take anything away from that other quatrogenarian, Gail Devers).
runner2323 wrote:Jearl Miles Clark should go nuts - she should go kick Jones' butt
Although ... on second thought ... I love Clark and really don't want anything to happen to her and if Jones is still using her "flax seed oil" - then it really isn't gonna be pretty for Clark.
I wouldn't worry about her. Her father-in-law is "Crazy" Joe Clark, a man I'd want on my side even at his advanced age:
"Best known as the man who with the aid of a bullhorn, a baseball bat and the strength of his convictions, took a crime-infested, drug ridden, inner-city high school and transformed it into an institution filled with serious learning and immeasurable pride."