An inspirational figure whose life was cut short in a controversial car crash after a night of partying. Surface Event Time Date Location Notes Outdoor track 1500 m 3:38. Behind his fame, Steve inspired Nike, Inc. So basically, I didn't like this book and clearly wanted a lot more. But these were just rumors.
In college, his record was even more phenomenal, and at the time of his death he held every American record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. I would imagine these questions come up with many not associated with running. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, to a father of French-Canadian descent and a mother of German ancestry, Prefontaine showed little early interest in running. Off his fame, Pre showed his personality by fighting for other athletes rights. Following his collegiate career at Oregon, Prefontaine prepared for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. His life was cut short when he celebrated his victory and the in the process he drank excessively. After reading the book I am even more fascinated by him.
At the time he was 24 years old. He trained under coach Bill Bowerman. After a meet in Eugene, Oregon in late May 1975, he attended a party after which he crashed his car while heading home. By the time his phone rang, he had done reports for roughly half a dozen deadly accidents in the Eugene area in his career. In his first race with the new shoes, the company's trademark swooshes which had been glued to the sides came loose and fell off. He earned himself a full scholarship to the University of Oregon. I went into this book very excited -- I love running.
One of the most memorable of them was the 5000m final at the 1972 Olympics, where 21-year-old Prefontaine boldly took the lead with four laps to go and pushed the pace, only to lose a medal in the final strides of the race. He also won four 5,000 meter titles in track three times in a row. However, Pre then made that legendary race when he started a long sustained increase of the pace that allowed the field to run the final 1,600 metres at 4-minute pace, but he was outkicked in the final straight to lose a medal. I've always been fascinated by Steve Prefontaine. Jared Leto is superb as Steve. That's the problem with real life; sometimes the endings suck. In a similar span of years since his death in 1975, Pre has become the stuff of enduring legend.
Cliff Shirley often hired local college athletes, including Prefontaine, to work in his various businesses. Coincidentally, Pre's fate and Karen's fate were tragically similar, and only six months apart. Team Prefo was named in honor of Steve Prefontaine. Definitive really only biography of Steve Prefontaine. Unfortunately, for me, I felt like this book was kind of all over the place and focused too much on individual events. Individuals at informal memorials and sites of tragedy do more than commemorate or grieve; they attempt to understand what happened, to make sense of the disaster, or to seek action against those responsible. Sure, I know how it ends, but the writer could still attempt to invoke a little emotion.
As far as idols go, I suppose Pre is one of the greater ones, despite his drinking habits that was the cause for his death. Two movies have been made of his life, and a short biography of his life was written by Tom Jordan, simply entitled Pre. In Oregon, the sight of Prefontaine and his high school friends running along the roads was typical, but in other parts of the country it would have been considered downright bizarre. Interested to see if I can find a better biography of his life. It was when Pre was a sophomore in high school. Altogether, he never lost a race more than a mile in length as a Duck.
He died in May 1975 at the age of 24 in an automobile accident. They both had to win, devoured opponents that challenged them, and drove themselves into the ground daily. While at Oregon, he won six national collegiate distance titles, including cross country, under Hall of Fame coaches Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger. I went into this book very excited -- I love running. On May 30, 1975, Prefontaine was returning from a party near the University of Oregon campus when he swerved into another car. By the time medics arrived, he was pronounced dead.
After a short period, Steve came to rule his native Oregon. Reading about Pre still gets to me, either way, and I enjoyed getting a more statistical approach to how his track and cross country career unfolded. Instead, we are stuck getting bombarded with times, a few rivalries that don't seem to amoung to much and are interchangeable as we learn so little about the human character of the competitions, and a few moments where Pre is dismissive or pissy. In the first, he set the American record. Mary Pilon is the author of The Monopolists , a New York Times best seller about the history of the board game Monopoly. The more commonly told tale is the drunken-driving one: Steve Prefontaine had too many drinks and flipped his car over. Shortly after his death, Congress passed the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, providing a more advantageous legal framework for athletes.
Married Life Marital Status Update Soon Spouse Update Soon Children We will update soon about Childrens. But Prefontaine could see how corrupt it actually was. Year after year, he was virtually unbeatable. He was considered to be a contender for the 1976 Olympic gold at either 5K or 10K, but never made it to MontrÃ©al. Glenwood, just on the outskirts of Eugene, is known to most locals as the home of a large garbage dump. Thousands of people would show up at the University of Oregon to watch him run. Ballenger began assembling his police report, working in tandem with other officers at the scene.
The Olympics and the disappointment after that event are also essentially a passing reference. Years later, Ballenger left the Eugene Police Department, but he still lives in town. I am sure that he would have also changed their current slogan-Just Do It. One of my favorite segments of dialogue has Steve and his teammate Pat Tyson jogging along, and talking about the great runner Jim Ryun. Minutes later, Ballenger was parked on Birch Lane at the foot of the hill. I like to make something beautiful when I run. Prefontaine ran dozens of miles through the streets of Eugene every week.