Lance and his Postal team competed in a duathalon here in Austin during the weekend . I don't know how these cyclists run so well with those really really tight quads.......
Did Lance actually run hard. If so, how well did he do.
Lance pretty easily won. He actually went into the 2nd run of the race in 2nd place and moved into 1st during the run. He won by quite a bit. Don't forget that this guy ran cross-country and was a pro triathlete by the time he was 15-16yrs old. He is just pretty much an all-around bad-ass.
How come a runner is never athlete of the year?
Oh, that's right. Because runners aren't athletes.
Here is a list of the SI Athletes of the year you will see there are a few runners there. However none since the 80's
1954 Roger Bannister, track
1955 Johnny Podres, baseball
1956 Bobby Morrow, track
1957 Stan Musial, baseball
1958 Rafer Johnson, track
1959 Ingemar Johansson, boxing
1960 Arnold Palmer, golf
1961 Jerry Lucas, basketball
1962 Terry Baker, football
1963 Pete Rozelle, pro football
1964 Ken Venturi, golf
1965 Sandy Koufax, baseball
1966 Jim Ryun, track
1967 Carl Yastrzemski, baseball
1968 Bill Russell, basketball
1969 Tom Seaver, baseball
1970 Bobby Orr, hockey
1971 Lee Trevino, golf
1972 Billie Jean King, tennis
TIE John Wooden, basketball
1973 Jackie Stewart, auto racing
1974 Muhammad Ali, boxing
1975 Pete Rose, baseball
1976 Chris Evert, tennis
1977 Steve Cauthen, horse racing
1978 Jack Nicklaus, golf
1979 Terry Bradshaw, football
TIE Willie Stargell, baseball
1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team
1981 Sugar Ray Leonard, boxing
1982 Wayne Gretzky, hockey
1983 Mary Decker, track
1984 Mary Lou Retton, gymnastics
TIE Edwin Moses, track
1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball
1986 Joe Paterno, football
1987 ?8 Athletes Who Care?
Bob Bourne, hockey
Kip Keino, track
Judi Brown King, track
Dale Murphy, baseball
Chip Rives, football
Patty Sheehan, golf
Rory Sparrow, basketball
Reggie Williams, football
1988 Orel Hershiser, baseball
1989 Greg LeMond, cycling
1990 Joe Montana, football
1991 Michael Jordan, basketball
1992 Arthur Ashe, tennis
1993 Don Shula, football
1994 Johan Olav Koss, speed skating
TIE Bonnie Blair, speed skating
1995 Cal Ripken Jr., Baseball
1996 Tiger Woods, golf
1997 Dean Smith, college basketball
1998 Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa, baseball
1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer Team
2000 Tiger Woods, Golf
2001 Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling, baseball
James Raia in Endurance Sports News #36 laments that Lance doesn't deserve to win this year. He explains that LA should've won 4 years ago after his first Tour win and Annika Sorenstaam (sp?), the golfer, deserves to win this year.
There's something to what he says but the voting process for SI AOY is as convoluted as there are sports to try to pick one winner from. You can bet I'm gonna go out and buy an extra copy and post the LA cover in a prominent spot (with respect to the politics of the SI voting and Raia's reservations.)
I'm surprised to see that many runners on there.
Steve Cauthen? A freakin jockey is an athlete? What a pathetic year in sports that must have been.
Michael Johnson should have won in 1996
Who will win SI Sportsman in 2003, Ritz or Webb?