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On February 24, 2007, Jones married Barbadian sprinter and 2000 Olympic 100m bronze medalist Obadele Thompson.
In high school, Jones won the CIF California State Meet in the 100 m sprint four years in a row, representing Rio Mesa the first two years and Thousand Oaks high school the last two.
Her ex-husband Hunter, an Olympic shot-putter and confessed steroid user, testified under oath that he had seen her inject drugs into her stomach in the Olympic Village in Sydney.
Jones vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs until her confession in 2007.
She was successfully defended by attorney Johnnie Cochran on charges of doping during her high school track career.
She was selected the Gatorade Player of the Year for track and field three years in a row, once at Rio Mesa and twice at Thousand Oaks.
A dominant force in women's sprinting, Jones was upset in the 100 m sprint at the 2001 World Championships, as Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block beat her for her first loss in the event in six years; Pintusevich-Block was one of the names revealed by Victor Conte during the BALCO scandals.
Montgomery fought the ban but lost the appeal on December 13, 2005, receiving a two-year ban from track and field competition; the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) also stripped Montgomery of all race results, records and medals, from March 31, 2001 onward. The investigation into Montgomery's illegal substance use once more called into question Jones' own protests about not using steroids and never having been tested positive for steroids, especially in light of former trainer Trevor Graham's increasingly visible role in the BALCO case.
By the age of 15 she was routinely dominating California high school athletics both on the track and the basketball court.
Jones is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Hunter voluntarily resigned his position at UNC to comply with the requirements of university rules prohibiting coach–athlete dating.
Prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics Jones drew criticism for her advance bragging on the medals she expected to win.
On her 2004 Olympics experience, Jones said "It's extremely disappointing, words can't put it into perspective." She came in fifth in the Long Jump and competed in the women's 4x100 m relay where they swept past the competition in the preliminaries only to miss a baton pass in the final race.Her parents split when she was very young, and Jones's mother remarried a retired postal worker, Ira Toler, three years later.Toler became a stay-at-home dad to Jones and her older half-brother, Albert Kelly, until his sudden death in 1987.While there, she met and began dating one of the track coaches, shot putter C. Jones and Hunter were married October 3, 1998, and trained for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. Hunter, had withdrawn from the shot-put competition for a knee injury, though he was allowed to keep his coaching credentials and attend the games to support his wife.