I hadn't heard that...it's awful. You could see him on the track or roads but nothing compared with him on a great CC venue. Not quite like anybody else. I saw him up close in Franklin Park against a great field and he went from the gun: amazing, long, powerful, graceful strides. RIP.
Sad. Yeah, I remember him. Excellent CC runner, but good on the track too. As of the end of 2011, he was still the 27th fastest American 10K guy with his 27:46.80 at the 1988 Mt SAC meet!! That airport where the accident happened looks VERY dangerous. A pilot in the newscast talked about the tricky winds every pilot had to battle!! Maybe they need to close it down!!! R.I.P, Pat!!
I know most of the track world is focused on London...but take a moment to remember Pat Porter. See the article linked on the front page from last night re his untimely passing in a plane accident.
I'll defer to the historians on the board for context, but I believe he'd be considered the greatest US cross country runner ever. Eight national champs in a row, several world top 10s, and some very significant track 10k accomplishments, too.
What a tragic loss, way too young, of a great athlete. RIP.
Shock!! I actually agree with you, Conor!! Sort of.
Yes, that other person should have written their comment on Pat Porter in the initial Historical section thread. My routine when I come to the T&FN site is to first check the Things Not T&F and the Historical sections, THEN come to the Current Events section, where I spend about 98% of my time. (Other than when I'm reading news articles, checking the lists, etc etc.)
But as to whether the report of Porter's untimely death should be in the Historical or Current Events section, I vote for the latter.
He may be an athlete from the 80's, but the death of a prominent T&F athlete is a Current Event!!
Maybe the solution is to move Porter's thread from Historical to CE, and create one thread.
Just so you know the thread WAS started in the Things Not T&F section, but was moved by a moderator into the historical section since the Things Not T&F section was closed. So perhaps they can merge the threads and leave it wherever they would like it.
Just to clarify, I do apologize for not checking Historical first, but per aaronk's post, it seemed to be a current event, with it being so untimely rather than natural causes. With so many Olympic stories, the news fell to the bottom of the "Top Headlines" list so quickly that I wondered if readers had seen the link.
When I see posts lauding some of today's young US runners for not being afraid to mix it up with the top international runners (Rupp, Jager...), I think of Porter, as he definitely brought that same spirit and attitude to the world XC meets. XC is often overlooked as just a warmup to track season, but his accomplishments there rival that of any US distance runner on the track in the last generation.
I am shocked and sad to hear this news. I vividly remember him running the World XC meet in the Meadowlands in '84. I was so impressed how tough he was and wasn't afraid to run for the win even though he ended up 4th(if my memory is correct). He was definitely a runner my friends and I all looked up to. RIP Panther.
I clearly haven't been checking in with the T&FN message board like I used to, because I didn't know about Porter's death until the current Olympic edition of the magazine arrived at my house.
I'm very sad to hear of his untimely death. He was one of my heroes in high school. It was particularly inspiring in small-town Texas, where the big, muscled-up football player is the usual role model. It felt great to see a great athlete who was even skinnier than me!
trackstar wrote:I clearly haven't been checking in with the T&FN message board like I used to, because I didn't know about Porter's death until the current Olympic edition of the magazine arrived at my house.
You don't really have to check in with the Message Board to keep up with things, But you really should check the headline section of the front page at least once a day, scrolling down until you get to the last headline you hadn't previously seen. To make that easier, make it the home page on your brower, as I do.
Now of course if you go for months without turning on your computer or opening your brower, I can't help you.