Monday, April 21, 2014

Shalane 7th in Best American Time in Boston

Carrying the hopes of a city on her back, Shalane Flanagan went straight to the front of the 118th Boston Marathon and began pushing the pace, early. Seeing such an experienced racer in the lead, viewers could conclude two things: Shalane felt her best bet was off of an honest pace… and she knew she was in the shape of her life.

Two-hours later, Read the full article

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shalane Featured on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes calls Shalane Flanagan the “hometown favorite” a week ahead of Monday’s Boston Marathon. Though she may not be the oddsmaker’s first choice, strong showings in each of her marathons — 2nd in New York (2010), 1st at the Olympic Trials (2012), 10th in the London Olympics (2012), and 4th in Boston (2013) — give every indication that she’ll be a presence in the lead pack on Monday. More to the point, she’ll surely be bearing the best hopes of her Boston-brethren… and idea explored by the news magazine in its lengthy feature.

Check out the 60 Minutes website for extended coverage on Shalane and the race.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

David Epstein on Bannister and ‘BANNISTER’

If you like sports or science or reading, you may have heard of longtime Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein and his book The Sports Gene, which explores “the science of extraordinary athletic performance.” That certainly describes Sir Roger Bannister’s breaking of the four minute barrier, and Epstein was also instrumental in our being able to tell Bannister’s story in our documentary BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK. First, he helped make introductions with the great man, and later sat for two interviews that help make up the backbone of our story. We asked the former Columbia University track athlete a few questions about his history with Sir Roger and what makes his story special.

You were gracious enough to share a lot of time and insight for our documentary BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK. How did you and Sir Roger Bannister first connect?

First, basically the “Where Are They Now” issue of Sports Illustrated is one of my favorites, and given that it’s harder to get track in there anymore, I always tried to use that issue to write about someone in track and field. It’s a much easier way to get track in the magazine.

So I pitched stories thinking, “Who would it be awesome to meet and write about?” And I pitched Sir Roger. I didn’t know Read the full article

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