The disgraced Olympic track star turned to Oprah Winfrey for her first interview since being released from jail after her conviction for lying about steroid use.
Jones, the runner, who wowed the world with her athleticism, is now wowing people with her candor and raw emotions. She talked with Oprah about the moment her world came crashing down.
When the information surfaced about the performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear," Jones realized that the substance had been given to her.
The performance-enhancing drug was presented to Jones at a meeting with federal authorities as part of the now infamous BALCO investigation, reported CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver.
Confronted by investigators, Jones ran from the truth. She claims her coach gave her the drug and she assumed it was legal.
Jones glittered in gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics blowing away the competition with three gold medal performances. Yet years later, even after she became aware she had cheated, Jones continued to deny it.
"I have never, ever used performance-enhancing drugs," Jones had previously said.
As more time passed, Jones finally admitted her fault and pled guilty last October.
"So it is with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust," Jones said to the public.
Along with her medals, her freedom was taken away, but what hurts the most is her memories.
"I remember crossing the line and looking up and seeing my mother and seeing my family. Just the pride in their face. And you can't take that back," Jones told Winfrey.
While in prison, Jones wrote many letters to her children.
"I'm here because I made a decision several years ago to hide the truth for fear that all of our lives would be changed. What I didn't realize at that time was that this lie would forever impact all of our lives," Jones wrote.