Pauline Davis-Thompson presented with Olympic 200m gold medal

9/13/2010 7:41:21 AM
By Kermit Taylor

Nassau, Bahamas - June 10th was a monumental day for The Bahamas as Pauline Davis-Thompson finally received her gold medal as a result of Marion Jones' admission to taking steroids at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was presented with the medal by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Council Member Alberto Juantoreno from Cuba. . For Pauline it was a very emotional evening and from the point when she was presented with the medal she was moved to tears throughout the special presentation at the Bahamas Government House.

After photographs Davis-Thompson thanked every family member by name and then she went on to explain how the current prime minister, Hubert Ingraham approximately twelve years ago, personally asked her to come and see him. She explained how the visit with Prime Minister Ingraham went, and she talked at length about her struggles at that time and the Prime Minister had asked her what he could do to help.

In that meeting she told the Prime Minister she wished to move to Atlanta to train, he replied 'done', and then she told him that she wished to have her job at the Ministry of Tourism back, and again he replied 'done'. The Prime Minister advised her that he would not allow her to fail, certainly not under his watch as Prime Minister.

The rest is history...Davis-Thompson closed her remarks by expressing her love for the Bahamian people and announced that the gold medal she received is the peoples' gold medal and she will be presenting it to the Prime Minister for the people of The Bahamas.

In attendance for the presentation was Thomas A. Robinson; Sir Arlington Butler; Minister for Youth and Sports Minister Charles Maynard; president of the Bahamas BOA Wellington Miller; president of the Bahamas BAAA Mike Sands; IOC Representative Alberto Juantorina, family and friends.

Davis-Thompson won the silver medal in 2000 and she was awarded with a cheque for $30,000 from the Bahamas government. A cheque for $10,00 to cover the difference was presented to her by Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Charles Maynard at a rally held in her honour.

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