I just heard that a statue of KU's Track & Field and US Olympic legend, Billy Mills, is going to be made of him running down the straight away in the 1964 Olympics as he passed everyone ahead of him in the final 100m and set a new world record in the 10K. The statue will feature him in full stride with both of his feet off the ground as if he was flying and is being sculpted by famous Native American artist, George Rivera.
It's supposed to be officially unveiled at the new Rock Chalk Park in the week of April 13, 2014 just before the KU Relays (begins April 19, 2014).
For those who may not know much if anything about Billy Mills, he's the only American to ever win the 10K at the Olympics still and his come from behind finish is 1 of the most amazing track & field moments of all-time IMHO.
A good color video of him winning.
American TV coverage of his win.
"If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas." -Abraham Lincoln
I used to work at a grocery store near Haskell and the kids would come in weighing 100 lbs and leave 50 lbs heavier. Most of us just looked the other way. It was definitely tough for Haskell kids back in the day.
Love the movie "Running Brave" I watched it before every cross country and track meet in Highschool
Best part of the movie is when he is doing situps and he tells his wife after reading the olympic preview that they did not even put him the top six. Wife replies...well you always like running from behind!!!!
A great write up from last year, by Greg Hall: http://www.greghallkc.com/index.php/bill...-man-than-myth/ On a somewhat related note, will there be any statues of Glenn Cunningham, Wes Santee, or of course, Jim Ryun? I don't know very much about Rock Chalk Park, and it doesn't seem to get much coverage. I hope national championship banners are displayed as prominently as they are in AFH.
I agree about the chills from the US TV coverage. I hadn't seen that video before you posted it, and it more clearly shows when he got bumped in the last lap; I can't believe he was able to keep it together. He really went flying, and that was after 6 miles at a ridiculous pace. It also showed how far he fell behind after that bump, I can't believe he was able to catch back up. His big, lurching strides on the final straightaway are awe-inspiring, that was all heart. Wow.