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  • #16
    I was on the BYU track team with Ralph Mann. Quite a talented guy...not that fast in the flat 400 but could really run the hurdles! I wish his career could have been longer. Not sure why he retired when he did.

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    • #17
      Careers were generally shorter pre-1980 because of the amateur rules. People had to earn a living.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by lovetorun
        I was on the BYU track team with Ralph Mann. Quite a talented guy...not that fast in the flat 400 but could really run the hurdles! I wish his career could have been longer. Not sure why he retired when he did.
        trivia
        Went on to bigger and better track related things! Can anyone elaborate?

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        • #19
          As I recall, Ralph earned a doctorate in bio-mechanics, and last I heard ,was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky.

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          • #20
            Yes, did a multitude of studies on biomechanics of track events.

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            • #21
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler
                Yes, did a multitude of studies on biomechanics of track events.
                Also has done some work on biomechanics of the golf swing

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                • #23
                  I vaguely remember something about Ralph having trouble earlier in 1972, losing form and confidence. He worked with a famous coach (Jim Bush?) who got him back on track in time to make the team and get the silver. Anyone remember more details?

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