He Will Be Missed
“[Becoming a track and field writer] wasn’t natural. I’m not a track person, I didn’t compete in the sport and I didn’t follow it. There’s so much special knowledge in the sport. And it’s not something you can just jump in and pick up … when the University of Oregon got the Olympic Trials in 2008, 2012, 2016 it became a much bigger story regionally a lot of the time and nationally during the big events. It was during that time that I discovered a lot of people in track are interesting people. If I didn’t have a great affinity for the sport, I really liked the people. They’re interesting, smart, analytical and introspective people. They’re really fun to talk to and that is what happened – I fell in love with the people of the sport.”
– Ken Goe talking about how he became a top track and field correspondent. Goe is retiring after 43 years at The Oregonian today. You can read his final column here where he talks about how he often doesn’t remember the score of contests but he always remembers the people. “The contests never interested me as much as the people, whether they were coaches or athletes, male or female, football players, distance runners or hammer throwers. To me, the games became the canvas on which people made art by what they did in a deciding moment, how they overcame an adverse situation, handled victory or defeat.”
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