Link above for SI is broken so
Read the article last night. Sad story. So sad. I had to take a break and read it in two sessions.
I liked these lines from the article:
"[This is supposedly well after his comeback career probably in the mid to late 90s:] Houston worked at a gym in nearby Fort Walton Beach, until his boss got busted for selling steroids, which, irony of ironies, might have been the only kind of drug McTear never took."
â€œAfter two months training,â€ Linda reported via email, â€œhe ran 10.52 [100 m] in his first meet in Swedenâ€â€”a borderline national-class time. This from a 32-year-old who had been sleeping wherever he fell for months. For years.
Back then, at his lowest point, â€œHouston said that the only way heâ€™d ever run again was if somebody was trying to hurt him,â€ Arlene Francis told the Los Angeles Times in â€™88. Now McTear was running 6.68 over 60 meters to become Swedenâ€™s national indoor champion at that distance.