Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?


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Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby gh » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:49 am

Came across this whilst surfing: picking the Denver Bronco's foursome for "Mt. Crushmore" (cute pun).

So if you had a mountain (and a lotta guys with picks!) to play with, what four track faces would you put up?


oops.... edited to add the URL for the original concept

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/pages/ ... crushmore/
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby guru » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:55 am

gh wrote:(and a lotta guys with picks!)



Oh, so we're just doing guys? :P

Oerter, Owens, Lewis, Nurmi
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Postby vip » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:19 am

Can't argue with those four. In their own distinct way, each helped themselves and the sport.

The female version? Rudolph, Ashford, Slaney, JJK.

Too many suspicions about FloJo and the East Germans of the 70s and 80s.
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby SQUACKEE » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:25 am

guru wrote:
gh wrote:(and a lotta guys with picks!)



Oh, so we're just doing guys? :P

Oerter, Owens, Lewis, Nurmi


Pre, Viren, Geb and Bek....i may be biased. :P
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby KevinM » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:34 am

SQUACKEE wrote:Pre, Viren, Geb and Bek


One of these kids is not like the others.
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby Walt Murphy » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:50 am

guru wrote:
gh wrote:(and a lotta guys with picks!)



Oh, so we're just doing guys? :P


gh said "which four faces"

JJK, Oerter, Abebe Biklia, Owens (Bannister if there was room for a 5th)
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby Marlow » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:23 am

Walt Murphy wrote:JJK, Oerter, Abebe Biklia, Owens (Bannister if there was room for a 5th)


Babe D (or JJK - can't decide), Oerter (Lewis so close!), Owens, Bannister
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby guru » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:30 am

Walt Murphy wrote:gh said "which four faces"


C'mon Walt, 'twas a joke(note the razz).

If you're putting four on a mountain, sustained excellence and Olympic acheivements have to be the top criteria IMO.
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Postby Jack Slocombe » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:37 am

Since sculpture will be in America (Yosemite's Half Dome is a good site) all the sculptees should be American!

My choice: O'Brien, Oerter, Owens, Lewis

Question: Do sculptees have to be dead? If so, replace Lewis with Warmerdam.
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Postby az2004 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:17 am

owens, lewis, oerter, nurmi
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Postby Jack Slocombe » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:25 am

Hey Marlow...........why no Stacy? WR, Olympic gold and better looking then all the others.
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Postby Marlow » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:03 am

Jack Slocombe wrote:Hey Marlow...........why no Stacy? WR, Olympic gold and better looking then all the others.

Stacy is sculpted into my heart . . . sigh . . . :D
Plus, I can't share her with others.
Plus, a simple stone likeness could not do her justice.
Plus, in a million years the mountain would crumble to the sea and I could not bear that thought.

:wink:
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Postby bambam » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:11 pm

Interesting that Owens and Oerter are almost unanimous among the choices given so far
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Postby lonewolf » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:41 pm

Owens
Oerter
Lewis
Somebody else.. will require more thought
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Postby Pego » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:55 pm

lonewolf wrote:Owens
Oerter
Lewis
Somebody else.. will require more thought


Zátopek.
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Postby gh » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:39 pm

Tyree Washington
Daniel Lincoln
Roosevelt Jackson
Zeke Jefferson


8-)
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Postby guru » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:45 pm

gh wrote:Zeke Jefferson


Hmm, I'd have gone with Thomas. 8-)
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Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby Jim Rorick » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:15 pm

gh wrote:Roosevelt Jackson


Bershawn Jackson
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby Walt Murphy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:40 pm

guru wrote:
Walt Murphy wrote:gh said "which four faces"


C'mon Walt, 'twas a joke(note the razz)..


I realized that as soon as I posted my early-morning response (I need some excuse)
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby gh » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:54 pm

Jim Rorick wrote:
gh wrote:Roosevelt Jackson


Bershawn Jackson


They added Jackson to Rushmore when I wasn't looking? (or was it Bershawn?) :-)
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Re: Who's on track's Mt. Rushmore?

Postby dj » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:01 pm

gh wrote:
Jim Rorick wrote:
gh wrote:Roosevelt Jackson


Bershawn Jackson


They added Jackson to Rushmore when I wasn't looking? (or was it Bershawn?) :-)


Blame no one but yourself. You had a chance to go to Rushmore last summer and passed it up!

Louise
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Postby bambam » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:26 pm

I got to go to Mount Rushmore about 3 years ago for the first time. I was surprised by how small it was. Not nearly as large as I was expecting.
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Postby lonewolf » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:30 pm

bambam wrote:I got to go to Mount Rushmore about 3 years ago for the first time. I was surprised by how small it was. Not nearly as large as I was expecting.

It does look kinda small from the main observaion post but close up it is pretty impressive, and not nearly so polished. Still a staggering accomplishment.
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Postby steve » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:00 pm

According to Wikipedia the presidents on Mt Rushmore "....were selected.......because of their role in preserving the Republic and expanding its territory."

With that in mind, on track's version I would place Owens (won the 4 events that later inspired Lewis to try), Nurmi (another foundation layer, and similarly inspired people), Jim Thorpe (the first 'world's greatest athlete'), Oerter (the first to prove that longevity in track and field was possible)
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Postby gh » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:26 pm

bambam wrote:I got to go to Mount Rushmore about 3 years ago for the first time. I was surprised by how small it was. Not nearly as large as I was expecting.


Haven't seen Rushmore, but have seen Gutzon Borglum's earlier work, Stone Mountain, and it's stunning in its scope.
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Postby cullman » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:40 pm

PBS had a very good documentary on Mount Rushmore a few years back. Thomas Jefferson's head had to be carved twice due to structural problems in the stone.

American Experience - Mount Rushmore

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Postby Mellow Johnny » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:47 pm

Owens
Oerter
Moses
Lewis

Since Mt. Rushmore is U.S. Presidents only, I'll go with U.S. track athletes only for this...simply to make it easier on myself...
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Postby mal » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:37 am

Mellow Johnny wrote:Owens
Oerter
Moses
Lewis

Since Mt. Rushmore is U.S. Presidents only, I'll go with U.S. track athletes only for this...simply to make it easier on myself...


I see that no one picks a lady?

And it would be PC.

So add the Indian guy who beat Ron Clarke - Billy Mills
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Postby Marlow » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:40 am

mal wrote:I see that no one picks a lady?


:?: :?: :!: :!:

Walt picked JJK and I picked Babe D (or JJK)!
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Postby tandfman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:15 am

mal wrote:So add the Indian guy who beat Ron Clarke - Billy Mills

He's not the only "Indian guy" you could add. Jim Thorpe would be a possibility, too.
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Postby Halfmiler2 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:21 am

Since Mt. Rushmore has American Presidents, I'd confine my picks to American athletes. For the guys, Owens, Oerter, and Lewis covers the jumps, sprints, and throws, so I'd look for a middle distance or distance runner. Because of his gold medal, I'd give Shorter the edge over Ryun. Picking Moses to cover the hurdles would not be a bad choice either.

On the women's side, Ashford, JJK, Slaney, and Babe.
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Postby lonewolf » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:25 am

I think the only solution is to get a bigger mountain.
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Postby bambam » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:49 pm

Oerter, Lewis, Nurmi, Bannister ... but I'd like to have 5 and add Owens
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Postby gh » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:08 pm

Thorpe, Owens, Nurmi, Didrikson
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Postby eldrick » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:01 am

i woudn't put any middle distance runner <'70 on there - they didn't have africans to compete against

if you had current depth/talent of africans around in nurmi or bannister's times, they wouda won few if any golds & unlikely been 1st 4'00 miler

if it's going to be a middle distance runner, you've only real got geb or kennster who've competed against a "full" world
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Postby Matt » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:51 am

Erm - Slaney? She was banned for drugs, guys.

Stacy Dragila? Are you having a laugh? Olympic gold in its first time as an OG event and WRs in its infancy years does not constitute Rushmore status, I'm afraid - particularly when Isinbayeva has taken the WR to completely different levels just a few seasons later.
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Postby Marlow » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:58 am

Matt wrote:Stacy Dragila? Are you having a laugh? Olympic gold in its first time as an OG event and WRs in its infancy years does not constitute Rushmore status, I'm afraid - particularly when Isinbayeva has taken the WR to completely different levels just a few seasons later.

Matt, you poor deluded boy - Stacy is BEYOND Mt. Rushmore! If she were up there, she would eclipse whatever other poor schlubs were up there also. She is the stars and the moon and the sun. Her fame and glory exceed all mortal acclaim. Isi is barely worthy of carrying her sportsbra! Prostrate yourself before her awesomeness!
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Postby Matt » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:13 am

Marlow - for that post alone, I agree!
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Postby Marlow » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:08 am

Matt wrote:Marlow - for that post alone, I agree!

:D . . . another convert to the "SD for Supreme Ruler of the Universe" cult.
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Postby Law dude » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:55 am

I have to mention that Mr. Rushmore, for whom the place in South Dakota was named, was a law dude.
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