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See How She Runs: Marion Jones and the Making Of a Champion Hardcover – June 9, 2000


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In 1985, sixth-grader Marion Jones wrote a brief essay about herself:
My plans for the future are to be in the 1992 Olympics. I've been training a lot, and the boys at my school are good practice. I know if I don't get in the Olympics I have to have a backup so I plan to be an electrical engineer like my uncle.
In 1992 Jones did make the Olympic team, albeit as an alternate on the 4x100-meter relay team. She turned it down because she didn't want her first gold medal to be one she didn't sweat for herself. In 1996 a broken foot kept her sidelined. But in September 2000, Marion Jones will try to do what no one else has ever done: win five gold medals in track in the Olympics. Looks like she won't need to become an electrical engineer after all.

Keeping up with the fastest woman in the world is no easy task, but Ron Rapoport handled it well, following Jones during the 1999 outdoor track circuit. The result is See How She Runs, a warm tribute to Mrs. Jones and her quest for Olympic gold. This is no fluff piece; Rapoport describes Jones's troubled relationships with her mother and estranged father, the tense situation when she quit the Tar Heels basketball team to concentrate solely on track, and the painful injuries she has suffered. The picture that emerges through it all is of a superstar in the making--a gifted, driven, charismatic athlete who runs like the wind. A wonderful read. -Sunny Delaney

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YA-Her image is everywhere. She jumps off the page at readers, and it is impossible to escape her smile and warmth. In this authorized biography, Jones is preparing the world for a pulsating pre-Olympic 2000 show that features her extraordinary athletic skills in the long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 400 and 1600 meter relay. Rapoport incorporates favorable comments and criticisms from many of the athlete's friends and rivals along with a smorgasbord of photographs from his subject's childhood, high school years, and her adult evolution as a sprinter. In addition, he includes information from Jones herself as she discloses details about her training techniques, sports records, and her motivation to run. As a consequence, readers gain insight and understanding of a "world-class athlete's competitive life." An invaluable, inspirational, contemporary biography of a positive role model.
ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st edition (June 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565122674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122673
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a really good book about Marion Jones, the athlete who is trying to win five gold medals at the Olympics in Sydney. It is written in a fun way, and things aren't really slow for long periods. I am a track athlete, so I understand and can relate to the 200 meters, 100 meters and long jump (these are the events that she competes in). I think that it would be more enjoyable reading this book if you are famillar with track things. This book also covers her basketball career and when she was younger. I am a big femenist and I like to read about women who have changed a lot in sports, and this book informed me more about a great star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H. Harrington on March 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Well I'm a Track and Field guy so I was interested a few years back to read the story of one of America's premiere female athletes who happened to be a legend in southern California high school Track and Basketball. This book provides what won would expect to learn. trials, triumphs background.

The recent revelations don't corrupt this book for the most part but it is sad that she fell so far. It really is a shame.
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By A Customer on February 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book really gives you insight you wouldn't normally read about. The book starts when she was born, and continues up to the 2000 Olympics. Rapoport does an excellent job in writing about Marion. You go through the pain with Marion. I couldn't put the book down.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LESLIE ROSE on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I MANAGE TO READ THIS BOOK WITHIN THREE DAYS I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE HAD MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MARION INSTEAD OF THREE PAGES OF HER EARLY YEARS.MOST OF IT WAS JUST FOLLOWING HER MEETS AND BASKETBALL GAMES, I THINK IT NEEDED TO HAVE MORE QUOTES FROM HER. APART FROM THAT I THOUGHT THAT THE BOOK WAS A EXCELLENT READ AND I COULD'NT LEAVE THE ROOM WITHOUT PICKING IT UP AND READING PAGES FROM IT.I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BECAUSE I AM MARION JONES(S) BIGGEST FAN AND I LOVE HER TO BITS SO I WOULD ADVISE ANYONE TO BUY THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT GIVE YOU A GREAT INSIGHT TO HER LIFE IF YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT HER.
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