Archive for May 30th, 2012
Dan O’Brien has a new book coming out in June called Clearing Hurdles. In our interview, we chatted about his decision to focus on the decathlon, the 1992 Dan and Dave Reebok ad campaign that made both himself and Dave Johnson household names, the disappointment at not making the 1992 Olympic team and, most importantly, how that disappointment fueled him moving forward. For so many of the athletes we interview, overcoming setbacks is what ultimately makes them great. Dan O’Brien went on to set the decathlon world record later in 1992 and then won the Gold Medal in Atlanta four years later in 1996.
Deena Kastor holds the American record for the marathon and half marathon and took home the bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens. Deena chatted about being a mom, taking sixth at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, her Bronze Medal run in the oppressive heat of Athens, and the challenges she faces as she attempts to make another Olympic team, this time at 10,000 meters. “Cutting my running mileage way back has been great,” she said in our interview, “but dealing with the ‘bootie locking burn’ that comes along with all of that track work has been a challenge.” Bootie Locking Burn? LOVE that!
Ken McAlpine’s new book Fog just came out and is getting rave reviews. Kenny started out as a magazine features writer with Outside, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, and Competitor Magazine, moved seamlessly into the realm of non-fiction books and now has taken his writing career to a brand new level with the release of Fog. As usual, Kenny was open and candid about this new chapter in his life.