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Old 03-17-2010, 11:40 AM   #16
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #17
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:23 PM   #18
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:27 PM   #19
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Clara Hughes

The only athlete with multiple medals in Winter and Summer games... that alone is pretty amazing, but she also has her head screwed on right.

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It’s because the Olympic movement is flush with people like Clara Hughes; who talk about the way sports and the pursuit of excellence through sports can have a redeeming quality that transcends the mindlessness of skating in circles – and then deliver, not only by providing inspiring athletic performance in the moment, but by sharing the rewards widely.
In 2006 Hughes donated $10,000 to Right to Play; this week Hughes donated her $10,000 bonus that came with her bronze medal to Take A Hike Foundation.
Remember this isn't a multi-millionaire athlete. $10K is real money to her.

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She considers her work outside of the realm of sport to shine far brighter than any and all of her athletic achievements.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:14 PM   #20
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Famous pros come and go. I've seen lots of amateurs do really well for a spell. The athletes that impress me most are the ones who stick to it for a lifetime, and do it because they love it. Go to a local ski/bike/run/whatever race. There will probably be a few folks that have been doing this shit for 50 years or more. All while balancing life/jobs/kids/etc.

That's fucking cool. I admire that. Those are people I can learn something from.
That is a great point. One of the swimmers in my master's group last year finished the Ironman 70.3 tri in Hawaii at the age of 69. I hope to be doing the same at that age.


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Old 03-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #21
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Paul Newman. Good driver ... admirable benefactor and human being.
I'll go along with that.

The implcation in the thread title is that we admire these athletes as men or women. I can't, much as I might want to. Expecting the same excellence in their private lives as they exhibit on the field of play is not just idealistic, it's insane.

Paul Newman seems to have been a fine man and worthy of our admiration.


(Sorry, you haven't sold me on Merckx, though. )
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:43 PM   #22
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I'll go along with that.

The implcation in the thread title is that we admire these athletes as men or women. I can't, much as I might want to. Expecting the same excellence in their private lives as they exhibit on the field of play is not just idealistic, it's insane.

Paul Newman seems to have been a fine man and worthy of our admiration.


(Sorry, you haven't sold me on Merckx, though. )

I've never met Eddy. I hear that he's a good, laid back guy however. But I hear what you are saying.

And I didn't want to cast any negative aspersions on Lance Armstrong. Or Greg Lemond for that matter, who is another amazing US cyclist. It's just that Merckx was the greatest bikie ever (in my opinion, of course) and he doesn't seem to have sold his soul to the Devil to do it.

I think that "admire" is the key word here. Newman was an admirable human being noted for his charity. Senna was an admirable human being noted for being an incredible competitor, but in many ways a flawed character.

Actually a lot to admire in many of these folks.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:03 PM   #23
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So that there is a least one female athlete (other than the Williams sisters): Jeannie Longo, cyclist.

I would submit that Longo is a phenom, but that Beryl Burton was practically from another planet. Five times World Champion in Women's Pursuit, twice World Champion in Women's Road Race, a silver in the road race, plus silver medalist three times and bronze medals three times in track.

And she completely dominated the British domestic race scene (time trial, road race and track) for three decades.

Her record for a 12 hour time trial of 277.25 miles (let that one sink in!) was established in 1967 and at the time was greater by almost a mile than the men's record; 43 years later her record still stands for women.

Talking about longevity ... I'm not sure when she officially retired from racing, but she died from heart failure at age 59 while on a training ride.

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Old 03-17-2010, 02:20 PM   #24
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Pirate John: Thanks for the info on Beryl Burton. I was not familiar with her.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:33 PM   #25
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Interesting that no one around here would mention one of the most popular athletes of his time, and who was a competitor for many years and in two sports:

Sir Mike Hailwood





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Old 03-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #26
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Pirate John: Thanks for the info on Beryl Burton. I was not familiar with her.

My pleasure Amigo!

There are a lot of admirable/interesting stories in cycling. I wish that I could find a good photo of Marino Basso winning the World Championships many years ago because there are about 3 or 4 folks to admire that all came down to a helluva finish together that day.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:11 PM   #27
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Jay Demerit - The Rocky Balboa of World Soccer. Couldn't make our best league here in the US, the MLS. The MLS is like double A or triple A baseball in the World of Soccer. The best leagues are in Europe - best players, best pay etc. Jay went over and played in Pub Leagues in England. Kept getting noticed and eventually worked his way all the way up to the 2nd league in England. Then helped his team make it into the English Premier League - arguably the top league in the World. This in a monumental accomplishment in the World of soccer and he's not very well known here in the states.



Article in Sports Illustrated about Jay: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...r.demerit1016/
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:42 PM   #28
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An innovator in a very popular sport, a goalie ... mostly unsung heroes.



Amadeo Raúl Carrizo Larretape (born 12 June 1926 in Rufino, Santa Fe) is a former football goalkeeper. His nickname was 'Tarzán'. Carrizo was a pioneer, helping to innovate techniques and strategies for goalkeepers.
He was the first goalkeeper to wear gloves, the first one to leave the penalty area to defend his goal and the first one to use goal kicks as a strategy to start counter attacks.

Those guys had some moscatel wine as performance enhancing drug before the game ... and maybe pizza.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:54 PM   #29
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colin mcrae - he was gonna wad it or win it.

lebron james - he makes the game look easy and fun.

aj foyt - no one could swing a ball peen hammer with such enthusiasm.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:00 PM   #30
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Julius Erving - He kept the NBA afloat by himself in the late 70's before Bird and Magic came along.

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