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1968 US Olympic track team

Postby AFTERBURNER » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:28 pm

In my opinion, the 1968 US Olympic track team was the best ever!

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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby Dixon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:03 pm

The most memorable Olympics. All those amazing times, the salute, that Beamon explosion. The first legal sub10.00/20.00.

Not sure about team however.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby jhc68 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:00 pm

Tough to compare because of altitude skewing sprint times and horizontal jump marks.
I don't see that '68 team as much better than the '64 group: Hayes, Carr, Larrabee, Ulis Williams, Hayes Jones, Cawley, Schull, Mills, Thomas, Boston, Long, Matson, Oerter, Hansen, and the sprint girls... pretty impressive roster.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby rhymans » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:13 pm

Once the restriction of 3 per nation was brought in (after 1928) the most successful US team was... 1932 - with 35 medals [16G, 13S, 6B]
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby LopenUupunut » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:00 am

rhymans wrote:Once the restriction of 3 per nation was brought in (after 1928) the most successful US team was... 1932 - with 35 medals [16G, 13S, 6B]
The 1984 team got more medals than that; of course the boycott helped them and they had more events.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby KDFINE » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:21 am

With all their sweeps (and 1-2 finishes) I feel that the 1956 Men's Team was stronger than the '68 team. For great strength in a range of events, the '64 Men's team was also stronger than '68.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby user4 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:54 am

jhc68 wrote:Tough to compare because of altitude skewing sprint times and horizontal jump marks.


jhc69 is right. Move the 1968 olympics to a dirt track at sea level , give them functioning wind gauges and officials capable of operating them and the 40 years of epic hype evaporates like spilled water at noonday August in Mexico City.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby unclezadok » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:02 pm

All of the USA athletes who did well in Mexico had a pretty good record at sea level too. And I'm sure Jim Ryun had no love for altitude.
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Re: 1968 US Olympic track team

Postby user4 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:39 am

unclezadok wrote:All of the USA athletes who did well in Mexico had a pretty good record at sea level too. And I'm sure Jim Ryun had no love for altitude.


Agree completely, but it is the mount olympus folk status that is attributed to the '68 team due to the altitude and syn. surface that needs some adjusting. Honestly does anyone think that Lee Evans was 1 full second better than Otis Davis ? I think Davis was better. A strict use of the numbers would also lead the naive to assume that '68 Deca champ Bill Toomey could have gotten a medal in numerous other open OG 400m races prior to '68. Bill was a great deca sprinter but he was not the equal of an OG 400m medalists. However I still think that Beamon was head and shoulders above his peers that day and that one jump rates above LJ performances of the previous and next decade. I will approximate that his '68 LJ would have been the first sea level 28fter.
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