How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, ‘You’re too small Pre’, ‘You’re not fast enough Pre’, ‘Give up your foolish dream Steve’. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN.
Steve Prefontaine – American middle and long-distance runner
As I learn more about running, I also learn more about its legends. Prefontaine is one of them. Coached by Bill Bowerman, cofounder of Nike, Steve was an electrifying athlete who got people on their feet when he raced. Over his career, he won 120 of the 153 races he ran (78 percent), set numerous American records in distances between 2,000 and 10,000 meters and placed 4th in the ’72 Olympics.