In the Shadow of Marion Jones
The fallout from the Marion Jones steroids scandal has been large and wide. Someone directly affected was Chryste Gaines, one of Jones’ teammates on the bronze-medal winning United States 100-meter relay team at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia.
It has been widely publicized that Jones was stripped of her medals and ordered by the United States Olympic Committee to return them. Chairman Peter Ueberroth then said that the rest of the team should also give their awards back, a gesture that would also hold symbolic value.
“We basically heard the whole thing through the media,” Gaines said. “Our attorneys were contacted and the letter said that we should return the medals, but no one has officially sent us anything saying that we have to.”
Having to give back a medal or not may be the least of Gaines’ troubles. Having already served a two-year ban and being associated with people that read like a ‘who’s-who’ of performance-enhancing drugs and sports, the track and field star should quit while she is ahead.
Although she has never tested positive for steroids (she tested positive in 2003 for modafinil, which was not banned until a year later when it became to be known as a masking agent), Gaines has been linked to them on more than one occasion. While training at the University of Cal-Berkley from 2000-2003, Gaines was joined by Kelli White, who later admitted to being a steroid user. Remi Korchemny, a former Soviet coach and prominent name on the steroid circuit, instructed both, and possibly more. Korchemny first began training Gaines 13 years ago and pled guilty to distributing steroids, including modafinil, in 2005.
White testified that Gaines told her she used ‘The Clear,’ the undetectable steroid made by BALCO, which resulted in the ban. “She had this notion that I had discussed with her about ‘it,'” said Gaines, currently an Academic Adviser at Georgia Tech University. “If we were both Buy Legal Steroids Australia Online taking the same substance, why would we call it ‘it?'”
Gaines has been adamant about her claims that she didn’t use PEDs and that people did not give her the opportunity to tell her side of the story, yet she declined to testify in court to counter White’s testimony. When asked about that, Gaines did not go into specifics.
Victor Conte is perhaps the name always connected to steroids, perhaps even more so than Dan Duchaine. Gaines freely admitted that she had been working with Conte since 1995, and still believes in his products.
She recalled when Conte showed her a new product that he had, which he called ‘The Clear,’ otherwise known as THG. “Yes, he gave it to me,” she said. “In sports, people offer you many things.” When asked if Conte told her that it was a banned substance,