Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Co-founder

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Rodale, Jul 25, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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The first biography of the legendary track coach, and founder of Nike, who had an unparalleled impact on the sport of running

During his tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon from 1949 through 1972, Bill Bowerman won 4 national team titles, trained dozens of milers to break the 4-minute barrier, and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. Single-handedly he helped turn the college town of Eugene, Oregon, into the running capital of the world.

In Bowerman: The Wings of Nike, Kenny Moore, a world-class marathon runner and one of Bowerman's Oregon men, tells the story of his mentor and hero, drawing on years of taped interviews and the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, the company that Bowerman helped to found through his invention of the waffle-soled running shoe.

Whether providing a fresh look at the tragic siege at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, where Bowerman coached the track and field team; offering a close-up view of the coach's relationship with runner Steve Prefontaine (subject of the movie Without Limits, co-written and co-produced by Moore); or exploring Bowerman's role as a Nike innovator, this illuminating portrait is compelling reading throughout--ample evidence of why Bowerman's widow, noting how well the author understood her husband, said: "If anyone should write Bill's life story, it's Kenny Moore."

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User Review  - runningalong -

Kenny Moore writes well overall but the book suffers from uneven treatments of the periods of Bowermans life. Some questions are left unanswered such as who all did Bowerman sue if he had the ... Read full review

great title

User Review  - sonoran2king -

if you want to know about the history of running and running shoe development in the USA then this book is a must read. the author had the deepest bond of respect for Bowerman yet he writes an unbiased and fair history of his beloved coach. Read full review

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KENNY MOORE, who trained with Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon, is a world-class marathon runner, two-time Olympic athlete, and a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He co-wrote and co-produced the movie Without Limits, based on the life and tragic early death of Hall of Fame runner Steve Prefontaine. Moore lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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