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    I'm pretty sure I did hear Joyner-Kersee's name come up in that feature on NPR within the past two or three years.

    >is there any other track and field athlete who would be mentioned in
    >this context? I don't think Ryun would be. Nor
    >Mathias nor Rafer Johnson. Perhaps Carl Lewis or
    >Michael Johnson or Jackie Joyner-Kersee? I doubt
    >it.

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  • 6 5.5hjsteve
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    met Jim once or twice at the Duke track in the early 60's. Peach of a guy.

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    Good point. There are quite of number of former t&f greats who deserve to be remembered & celebrated...

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    What NPR failed to announce today was that today is the birthday of Jim Beatty. Now Jim Beatty never won an Olympic medal, but he did compete in the Olympics. He set American records and of course you know he was the first person to break the four minute mile indoors. When Beatty was running in the late 1950's and early 1960's, American distance running was improving greatly. My question to you. What are your Jim Beatty memories on his 69th birthday? How's that from the decathlon to distance running?

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    We knew him before NPR...

    I was a (mediocre) competitor at the 1968 Connecticut State Open track meet. I well recall how, on that sunny Saturday afternoon, Bruce Jenner (then a senior) won the high jump at 6'2", the pole vault at 12'9", and placed 4th in the triple jump (distance unknown, but the winner did 47' 3/4"). And all with his original nose.

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  • steve
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    >6 5.5steve here to Steve:

    are you serious ?
    >you did not know he was '76 Oly Decath. champ and
    >WR holder ?
    Was this the same B Jenner that used to sell Wheaties?
    Or is that the one that had the board game?
    6 5.5steve, I was just kidding.

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    Jenner had the good sense to retire and go for the Real Gold. Dan hung on to try to keep competing. Jenner was very clever at marketing himself. Silly me, though, I kept wondering why he seemed to look different and I finally decided he had had an eye job (crows feet, etc.). So it was the nose! His original nose was fine.

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    I think this says a lot about why Jenner is so well remembered. There's no question in my mind that the '80 boycott took a lot of wind out of track's sails. It might have happened anyway, as the NBA, etc, took off in popularity, but skipping Moscow meant an 8-year gap until track's next big moment on TV for the American audience. The sport never completely recovered, Carl Lewis's arrogant persona was nails on the chalkboard for a lot of general sports fans, and in 1988 the Ben Johnson scandal hit.

    I mean if not for that history, why not Dan O'Brien? Dan kicked ass in the same event on U.S. soil and is less full of himself than Jenner. Sadly, I don't think nearly as many people remember Dan's name.

    >Somewhat in relation to the unluckiest athlete to
    >not win a gold medal thread, I remember Jenner
    >interviewing Bob Coffman on ABC in 1960 after
    >Carter had
    decided to boycott the Moscow games.
    >Trying to get a reaction, Jenner asked Coffman
    >what he thought of the boycott. Coffman's
    >reply:
    'Bruce, if we had boycotted in 1976,
    >you would not be sitting there' leaving a
    >stunned Jenner sitting there in silence.

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  • larwood
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    Somewhat in relation to the unluckiest athlete to not win a gold medal thread, I remember Jenner interviewing Bob Coffman on ABC in 1960 after Carter had
    decided to boycott the Moscow games. Trying to get a reaction, Jenner asked Coffman what he thought of the boycott. Coffman's reply:
    'Bruce, if we had boycotted in 1976, you would not be sitting there' leaving a stunned Jenner sitting there in silence.

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    Bruce Jenner...isn't he the guy that used to imitate John Bulushi--?

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    I think Bruce Jenner's lasting appeal has to do with his memorable acting in the film "Can't Stop the Music" with Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perine, Felipe Rose (Indian), Glen Hughes (Leatherman), Alex Briley (GI), Randy Jones (Cowboy), Victor Willis (Cop) and David "Scar" Hodo (Constuction worker).....the latter six know n to most of us as "The Village People." ...afterall...it is fun to stay at the YMCA!

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    Apparently Bruce wasn't the only one to go Hollywood. A deeper google into Kardashian turns up former wife "Kris." How kute!

    Let's hope Chrystie didn't change her middle name to something like Karlie, or when she was married to Kardashian her initials would have been KKK.

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  • Bob Duncan
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    Check out the bio at http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0421063/bio

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    >answering my own "OJ connection" question, I
    >believe Jenner's first wife ( Christie ? ) ended
    >up married to OJ's lawyer buddy Bob Kardashian,
    >who just died about a week ago. Someone correct
    >me if I am wrong.>>

    Jenner's first (of many) wife was Chrystie. A google for Kardashian and Chrystie yields nothing. One obit says his wife of recent acquisition was Ellen Pierson.

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    But ohhhh, that nose... Why Bruce, why?

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