Steve Prefontaine. The son of an Oregon logger man.
Too small for football. Too slow for track. Not a sprinter. Also not fast enough to be a great miler.
But, he could endure more pain than anyone else.
He set the the National High School two-mile record. Bill Bowerman, the University of Oregon head Track Coach, recruited “Pre” and the two of them forever changed American running.
Steve Prefontaine is the only athlete, ever, which Nike has immortalized with a bronze statue. Are ya with me? The only one.
This You Tube video is the final five minutes (of a 13-minute race) of the 1972 Munich Olympics 5,000 meter final. It’s breathtaking, and awe inspiring to watch a man run the best race of his life, and finish fourth.
America thought the best was still to come and the world knew that Steve Prefontaine would return in four years, with a vengence and determination to win the Olympic Gold medal and set a new World Record.
But a tragic, late night car crash changed all that.
All have been tracking at very good to excellent levels.
Do you know your big four?
I never used to, but the health experts say these are the top, overall health metrics we should discuss with our personal physicians.
Not long ago, I decided to get a handle on what these mean and why they are important.
How’s your handle on your big four?
Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂
PS. Guido Muller, in the photo, set the M70 400 meters World Record, just minutes before the photo was taken. His achievement has been compared to the equivalent of Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile barrier back in 1954.