American Men of Olympic Track and Field: Interviews with Athletes and Coaches
This book of interviews with Olympic track and field athletes highlights those whose lives have revealed courage, persistence and decency, both on and off the field. After their great careers ended, they went on to become authors, teachers, coaches, radio and television sports commentators, consultants, congressmen, actors, businessmen, military officers, social workers and ministers. Many continued in athletics long after their days as Olympians. The Olympic track and field athletes include Glenn Cunningham (middle distances), Lee Calhoun (high hurdles), Ken Doherty (decathlon), Dick Fosbury (high jump), Bruce Jenner (decathlon), Abel Kiviat (middle distances), Bob Mathias (decathlon), Al Oerter (discus throw), Bob Richards (pole vault), Wes Santee (middle distances), Jackson Scholz (sprints), Bill Toomey (decathlon), Forrest Towns (high hurdles), Craig Virgin (long distances), Archie Williams (long sprints), John Woodruff (middle distances), and Olympic coaches Payton Jordan and Berny Wagner. They talk about the influences in their lives that helped them develop their values, their first memories of competition and participation in their sport, their educational experiences, the problems they faced when they were active competitors, the problems athletes today face, and many other topics.
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Preface Don Holst
John Kenneth Ken Doherty
William Bruce Jenner
Abel R Kiviat
Alfred Al Oerter
David Wesley Wes Santee
Jackson Volney Scholz
Forrest Spec Towns
Carl B Berny Wagner
Historical List of the Modern Olympic Games
110-meter hurdles Abel Kiviat Al Oerter amateur American asked athletes baseball basketball beat believe Bob Mathias Bruce Jenner Calhoun California Career Achievements champion Championships Charlie Paddock Club competed competition Cross Country Cunningham says decathlon distance runners Doherty says drugs event fastest Field Hall finish football Fosbury four minute mile friends Glenn Cunningham gold medal guys Hall of Fame high hurdles high jump high school hurdler indoor inducted Interview Interviewer's Notes Jenner Jesse Owens Jordan jumper Ken Doherty kids Kiviat says knew Mathias meters miler National AAU NCAA never Oerter Olympians Olympic Games Olympic team outdoor participation played pole vault race record holder relay remembers Richards Santee Scholz sprint sprinter started things thought told Towns track and field track meet track team U.S. Olympic Virgin says wanted Woodruff world record yards