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Olympic Champ Marion Jones 'Paints' Her Way Back Into The Community

Posted November 14, 2000

— The world's fastest woman slowed down a bit to help a Wake Forest family move into their first home.

Marion Jones put the finishing touches on a Habitat for Humanity home for Pamela Fowler and her three children.

Jones won five medals in the Summer Olympics in Australia, three of them were gold medals. She says fame has had its ups and downs, but she finds new strength when she comes back home.

"People just give me the thumbs up and tell me that through good and bad, they're going to support me," says Jones. "That feels good, especially when you're back home and you want your community to kind of embrace you, and they definitely have."

Jones lives in Apex with husband C.J. Hunter.

Huntertested positivefor performance enhancing drugs in the midst of Jones' gold medal quest. Hunter has denied using them.

Jones says Hunter will not compete in any more shotput events.

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