March 7, 1988 |
When they cross the finish line these days, it is more often in the glow of nostalgia than the fire of competition. Frank Shorter, No. 72, didn't he single-footedly start the marathoning boom with his 1972 gold medal in Munich? And didn't Bill Rodgers, No. 14, come to stand for those now-fashionable institutions of civic pride, winning the Boston and New York marathons four times each? Of course, that was then, this is now, and stand aside, you legends, for another Mexican.
February 29, 1988 |
Last Halloween, the day he turned 40, Frank Shorter discovered he had been the victim of a monstrous hoax. He woke up, felt fine, went for a run, didn't die. So now Frank Shorter, the only American marathoner since 1908 to win an Olympic gold medal, is unretired, a competitive runner once more. An inspiration to all of us over-40 athletes who haven't yet used up our college eligibility.