Eamonn O'Reilly (classmate)
As a high schooler I met:
Mike Boit (seriously nice guy)
John Walker (totally uninterested in chatting until my friend brought up horses, then he livened up)
Nick Rose (very cool and autographed and gave me his bib number)
Tony Staynings (good guy)
Henry Rono (standoffish)
Adrian Leek (chatted for ages and he tried to convince me to go to ETSU)
Steve Scott (nice, but much more interested in the girls--who could blame him)
Edwin Moses (wouldn't give me an autograph)
Suleiman Nyambui (begged me to convince my friend Madge to dance with him)
Eamon Coughlin. He was totally funny. I walked into the hotel room "party after the party" at an indoor meet and he was standing at the door. As we walked in with some friends he said, "Oh, the children are here. Isn't it past their bedtimes?" I turned to him and said, "Yes, but my mother threw me out of the house and said don't come back until you've met Eamon Coughlin." He looked at me with that Irish twinkle in his eye and said, "Oh, well he's right over there" and pointed far into the corner of the adjoining room. I just nodded and smiled as if to say, "Okay, I won't bother you." Later that night Dwight Stones and I, arms over each other's shoulders, used beer-bottle microphones to sing along to "American Pie." He was totally cool.
And yes, I'm old. Google these names and learn some history. LOL.
a word or two to describe each...
Lagat - calm, pleasent
Webb - grumpy, unfriendly
Ramzi - quiet, serious, focassed
Khannouchi - friendly, serious, focassed
Geb - friendly, v relaxed, very nice guy
Hall - very nice guy, freindly
Meb - very nice guy, freindly
All very nice people with different personalities apart from Webb!!
victoria, b.c., canada, runner wrote:
Bill Rodgers, a very unassuming guy. Boston, 1981
Herb Lindsay, (day before 1983 or /84 Cascade Runoff) focussed on his race.
Ron Dawes, day before /82 Cascade Runoff (I know he's no longer with us), preoccupied, having personal problems.
Dick Beardsley, 2004 RVM (in Victoria, B.C.) presentation, riveting, caused much emotion when he went through his story how things went sideways for him following 1982 Boston mar., and his battles with drug addiction & success in getting his life back together. A friendly guy, was proud to hear I was in that same race was kidding him how bad I couldn't see conclusion, err I was never up to that level of competition
Katherine Switzer, 2004 RVM, talked to her while meeting D.B., very personable as well as attractive :) :)
Anne Audain, 1987 Cascade Runoff 15 km, stride for stride with her pulled away from her last mile.
Nancy Conz, /82 Cascade Runoff, hung on to me most of way then blew by me, this was a great time I ran for that course. Rather shy but friendly when congratulating her, actually I was more thrilled with my race:) so I gave her a hug.
Patti Dillon, met her in passing, /81 Boston, began corresponding with her on-line first through this forum then through dyestat so, feel like I have met her.
Lynn Williams Canadian bronze medalist 1984 Oly. 3000 m, had the honour of going on a group run including her, morning following B.C., Haney-Harrison Road Relay. She was so vivacious.
Lastly, Victoria's former resident, Commonwealth Games 1994 gold medalist for women's 3000 m Angela Chalmers, a great person, always lending an ear whenever I was visiting P.T. whom she was once married to, felt there was a spiritual side to her, last report she's now residing down under & has a family.