Two runners tied together by BALCO PED drug cheating traveled separate paths. One - Marion Jones -- serves time in jail for lying to investigators; the other -- Kelli White -- graduated from with a MBA. The Denver Post looks at them:
Jones chose to fight, calling USADA a "kangaroo court." She vowed to sue. White admitted her wrongdoing and chose to help USADA in its fight against performance-enhancing drugs.
"I have not only cheated myself, but also my family, friends and sport," White said after accepting her punishment, a two-year suspension in 2004 for using erythropoietin (EPO), anabolic steroids and modafinil (a stimulant) that ultimately led to her retirement. "If I can make a difference in cleaning up the sport, then I will have done more for the sport than anything I could have done on the track."
The evidence against Jones and White came from files seized when Victor Conte's Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) was raided in 2003. USADA obtained the files from the Senate Commerce Committee.
Today, Jones is serving a six-month prison sentence for lying to investigators. White, meanwhile, works in marketing for a California shopping center and received an MBA last month.
White, sucked into Victor Conte's operation, won races, big races, however also went down with the ship:
White won the 100 and 200 meters at the 2003 world championships, at which she tested positive for a stimulant. Two weeks later, the BALCO offices near San Francisco were raided.
"I knew it wasn't fair," White said of doping. "I knew other girls were doing things. That was never a secret. Everyone knew people were doing things. You can look at our bodies and tell. It just wasn't fair — what I had (from BALCO) was so great, and people were fighting, trying to get into BALCO. I felt guilty."
White weighed the humiliation of publicly admitting what she had done against the stress of stonewalling when she knew she was guilty.
"I took some time to think: Do I want the world to know this information?" White said. "I said, I think it's best for me and my sanity — and the situation I'm in, where there's so many people who know what was going on — why continue to lie?"
White has no hard feelings for USADA. "USADA is doing their job, and you have to respect that," she said.
She also declines to criticize Jones. "I can't judge anybody," White said.
White documents the side effects of the anabolic steroids:
White said she continued to use steroids despite suffering adverse side effects. Her menstrual cycles were disrupted and her blood pressure was highly elevated.
"My voice was getting very raspy, starting to change a little bit, to the point where people were always asking me if I was sick," White said.
Now it's all passed, and she moved on...while some others haven't?