Happy 65th Birthday Steve Prefontaine
“I think he would be humbled to know that there are so many people still who look up to him and that appreciate his contributions, his racing style, his ‘put it all out there’ when voicing his opinions about things that weren’t fair or equitable specifically to athletes. He was not afraid to say the right thing. When other people were afraid to speak out, that is where he had no filter. Forty years later, the example of his charisma and his honesty and his genuineness have kept his spirit alive this long. There have been many attempts by the media to hype up runners over the years as the ‘next Steve Prefontaine.’ There’s not going to be another one. His records have been broken. There are runners who are running better times and have accomplished more than what he did, but they don’t have his personality. They may be nice guys. Galen Rupp is a genuinely nice guy, but does he have my brother’s personality? No. He accomplished more. He has an Olympic Silver medal. That’s one more accomplishment than what my brother pulled off, but he doesn’t have that ‘It factor.’ There won’t be another Elvis Presley, another Steve Prefontaine, another Beatles, another Muhammad Ali. It just doesn’t happen. The media and public are hoping, but it isn’t going to happen.”
– Linda Prefontaine talking about her brother, Steve Prefontaine, who would have been 65 yesterday.
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