Quote Of The Day
“I covered the first 11 official outdoor worlds. The best two were in a relatively small (40,000-seat) venue in Helsinki, Finland, where the most revered athlete in the country’s history is a distance runner, Paavo Nurmi, whose statue sits outside the stadium. (In Eugene, coincidentally, there is a similar touchstone: Pre’s Rock, where legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine died in a car crash.) Even with dismal weather at the second Helsinki worlds, 2005, attendance was good because people have a deep connection with the sport. … There are few places in the world more beautiful for a track meet [than Eugene]. It may be a small town compared to Barcelona, but the worlds would be big time in Eugene. And a dream come true.”
– Olympic writer Philip Hersh in the Chicago Tribune talking about Eugene’s bid to host the 2019 World Championships. The decision by the IAAF is due today as Eugene faces Doha, Qatar and Barcelona, Spain.
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