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Steve Prefontaine comes from Coos Bay, Oregon and emerges as one of the best distance runners in collegiate track and field.
After enrolling at the University of Oregon in 1969, where Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger become his coaches, Prefontaine proceeds to win three national cross-country championships and four consecutive 5,000-meter runs, breaking the U.S. record in the latter. "Pre" gains fame as an aggressive runner who likes to be out front from the start, rather than biding his time until a strong finish.
A bitter disappointment comes in the 1972 Munich Olympics, where after leading his event with only 150 meters to go, Prefontaine is passed in the stretch by three different runners and does not win a medal. Pre devotes himself to preparing for the 1976 Montreal Olympics following his college career, but on May 30, 1975, his small car flips on a road not far from campus and Prefontaine, only 24 years old, is killed.
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In real life, Prefontaine had initially tried out for both basketball and football, but had failed to make both teams, due to his short height when he was in junior high school. He eventually decided to try out for cross country after he saw some school members jog to his school's football field. Once he made the team, he literally fell in love with running track at school. Read More