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December 29th, 2013
thesmithian

…documents a life dominated by winning races: from setting new European records to that famous Olympic double gold haul during London 2012. But the most vivid are the races that Farah didn’t win. Races such as the 10,000m World Championships in Daegu, when the 22-year-old Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan stormed past him on the final straight. Or the European Championships in 2006, when he missed out on gold by less than a 10th of a second. Without these defeats, and the learning curves they prompted, Farah’s later triumphs would surely never have happened.

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October 12th, 2013
thesmithian

Why was Bev Kearney forced out? On its face, the story doesn’t quite make sense. Why would UT dismiss—rather than just punish—a coach who had made the school proud for almost twenty years? From a legal and PR standpoint, why create an adversary like Kearney, who has the potential to draw the university into one of the messiest scandals in its history? …What looks to be a familiar story of an illicit romance is in fact more convoluted, encompassing matters of gender, race, and the state of college sports. And at the center of it all is a highly gifted woman whose internal complexity threatens each and every thing she’s won.

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September 14th, 2013
thesmithian

images are…from adi dassler’s first company, ‘gebruder dasher schuhfabrik,’ now known as adidas. The series includes track and field shoes, which range from sprint to long jump cleats from the 1920s—some of which were worn in gold medal performances at various Olympic venues from the 1920s and ’30s.

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June 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…sociologist Jennifer Lee explains her research on “stereotype promise,” the idea that being viewed through the lens of a positive stereotype can act as a performance booster and enhance outcome. You can imagine how it might be applied to African Americans and certain sports like track or basketball, or how it might facilitate men’s acquisition of math ability…It can also, however, have harmful effects. 

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May 19th, 2013
thesmithian

Nine world leading results were set on Saturday at the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai meet, which…[included] seven reigning Olympic champions and 9 defending world titlists.

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March 31st, 2013
thesmithian

'One chance is all you need.' — Jesse Owens.

He died on this day in 1980.

January 3rd, 2013
thesmithian

"I saw Bianca coming, and all I was thinking was Bring me the stick. I started to run, threw my hand back, and she put the baton in my hand and I lit up like a firecracker. I ran with every emotion, every drive, every ounce of confidence I had. I was moving so fast I felt like I was running on air. Coming down the stretch, I looked at the clock and saw “:34,” and I thought, If it’s at thirty-four seconds, we’re about to the break the world record. So I tried to run faster. I was watching the clock. It was at 35. Then 36. Then 37. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I just pointed…”

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