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July 22, 2012

Alice Coachman, 88, High JumpBill Smith, 88, Swimming
Alice Coachman, 88, High Jump (L) and Bill Smith, 88, Swimming (R)

“My father wanted me to be more like a young lady: sittin’ on the porch. And I go to the back door, jump over the fence, and go (running) straight down the street.”
– Alice Coachman

What a moving and motivating piece the New York Times published today. “Their Golden Years” profiles 14 of the 1948 US Olympic team. The series is perfectly photographed (channelling our beloved Avedon) by Damon Winter, with most profiles accompanied by an audio snippet of the athletes conjuring up memories of a very different London games. Sniffling away sentimental tears, I laced up my running shoes and headed out for a hard, 10K tempo run.


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