Here is this week's question from Jill at Finishing is Winning.
Question: Who are your Top 5 favorite athletes? And why? They can be famous or infamous, dead or alive, to do with your sport or be in a completely different sport.
Some of my choices are going to age me for sure!
1. Arnold Palmer is probably the first athlete I was aware of. My father was a huge golfer and we watched golf on tv frequently. We went to some tournaments and one time at the Canadian Open I followed Arnold Palmer for all 18 holes. I was part of Arnie's Army. He was a true gentlemen and truly appreciated all his fans. THe best part was while I was following him WE HAD EYE CONTACT! I have never had any desire to golf but I still watch it on tv and often read golf biographies or other books especially those written by John Feinstein. Caddy for Life - the John Edwards story is one of my top books ever.
2. Joan Benoit Samuelson is an athlete I admire greatly. I remember when she won the gold in the marathon! I have raced with her at the Freihophers 5K in Albany (what besides running can you be in the same event as elite athletes) and taken part in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine that she organizes. She lives her life simply while continuing to run and race and is a person to be admired!
3. Lance Armstrong - I have never been interested in biking but Lance Armstrong fascinated me in the years he raced in all the Tour de Frances. I followed his progress closely and read books and magazines about him. I will be anxious to see what he is able to do this year.
4. Michael Phelps - I have followed swimming in the Olympics for years since my children were swimmers on the local swim team. Michael Phelps has been a lot of fun to watch.
5. Marla Runyan is a legally blind runner who has raced several distances. When I was first racing she was also in the Freihophers 5K that Joan Benoit Samuelson was in. Marla Runyan won it. I had just finished her autobiography shortly before the race. When my daughter came to tell me she was up front I left my place and went up front to see her not caring if I missed the start. Later in the race the slower runners (me) met the leader. I stopped to see MR before I continued. Neither of these things are typical of me as I always want the best time I possibly can get but I so admired this woman and wanted to cheer for her. She has faded from the racing scene in recent years.
Other running news:
Man I don't see how those of you who typically race in hot climates do it. It is just beginning to get hot here and I am seriously slow. Yesterday T and I ran 13 miles although I don't know if ran is the right word. Sadly I could say the same thing about my 4 mile run this morning and it is only going to get worse. Oh well, I will soldier on!
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