Olympic Gold Medalist Admits to Using Steroids

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Saying she has been "dishonest," track star Marion Jones has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about her use of steroids.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme.

Jones admitted to doping and said she lied about it to investigators in 2003. She said she was told by her then-coach that she was taking flaxseed oil. She said she later realized he was giving her steroids.

Jones was freed on her own recognizance and is due back in court for sentencing in January. She could face a maximum of five years on each count and a fine of $250,000. Outside the courthouse, she said she had no one to blame but herself and said she's retiring from track and field.

The International Olympic Committee had opened an investigation into doping allegations against Jones. It says it will speed up the probe and move quickly to strip away her medals.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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