Meanwhile, under those same circumstances, the Canadian reporters were chasing their country's Black Sox scandal, except that, in this case, instead of having thrown the competition, the athlete in question had turned in a shattering performance, perhaps the greatest in Canadian Olympic history, and now it had turned into an epic international quasi-crime story, which they were trying to chase down while learning to spell "stanozolol" on the fly. The ones who didn't look exhausted appeared to be suffering some strange form of emotional whiplash. The jokes arose instantaneously:
Marion Jones is a United States track star who has won numerous medals in international competition. She won 5 medals at the 2000 Olympic Games excelling at the 100m, 200m, and high jump. After much speculation and controversy in October 2007 Jones admitted that she used anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs before the 2000 Olympics. She was stripped of all of her medals since the year 2000, including all Olympic medals. Since high school Marion had been accused of doping directly and indirectly because of her size and ability. When she competed Marion Jones was huge and she towered over her competition. Jones admitted lying to friends, press, and 2 grand juries about using steroids. She was suspended from competition for 2 years and retired on October 5, 2007. She also was arrested and given a 6 month prison term which she started serving March 7, 2008 and was released September 5, 2008. Marion Jones used to be one of the most decorated and admired American athletes. Now she is looked at as a cheat, someone who needed drugs to get that edge over her competition.
But it was all too true, as Humphreys discovered when she investigated and found the woman's mother. When she started putting the pieces together in 1987 she had no idea of the scale of the deportation. After she placed an ad in a Melbourne newspaper, the responses came in a flood. Her husband, Merv, registered at Nottingham University to do a doctoral thesis on the history of child migration, knowing it would give him access to archive material. The couple were often in a state of disbelief as he assembled a dossier that showed how two governments had devastated families and destroyed thousands of lives. Humphreys says: ''This was a group of people who had everything taken from them, their families, their country, their identity, their communities, their extended family, their schools, their little networks. Everything had gone.''