I came across a photograph I took in 1973 of the track at a school in South Lake Tahoe, CA. It is the track that was used for the 1968 Trials at Echo Summit and later moved. Anyone know how I can insert it in a post? It is a .tif file
What a great place to run. But you can't exactly say the AAU was much on promoting the sport in those days. The biggest meet of the year in the states and they put it on the moon.
AAU was trying to replicate the altitude of Mexico City as much as possible. In addition, they used the facility as a training and competition facility for several weeks, not just for the FOT.
Where would you have had the AAU conduct the Trials and have control over a facility for an extended period?
Yea, dj, you are absolutely right. I was sort of joking. I should have put a smiley face. Putting the trials in Tahoe was an excellent idea with the Games in MC. It us just that overhead picture, which I have never seen before, looks so isolated, more like the Twilight Zone, especially compared to today's Hayward Field.
gh wrote:You're also wrong in pointing the finger at the AAU, methinks. The whole concept of the ’68 OT was a USOC production as I understand it.
Interesting. I don't think, however, finger pointing is the right word, that implies other options. Besides, it made great shots. Rich Clarkson's photos of Ryun coming out of woods are some of my favorites.
I love that footage. A completely other-worldly site for a major meet. I've mentioned before that I visited the site ca. 1980 or 81 and photographed the ghostly outline of the old track. It would take some digging to find those negatives, but its at least possible in theory...