Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!


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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:18 am

18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

I'm not familiar with Gemili but Thomas didn't have elite basketball talent, so I wouldn't put him in the same class with folks like Hayes, Nehemiah and Peterson.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby gh » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:07 am

dj wrote:
18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

There was another athlete (I don't remember the name or country) from soccer who ran the 400m, and made it to the semifinal or final with less than a year of track-specific training.


Marcello Fiasconaro: Soccer -> 800 WR 1:43.7 '73 (after three years of running track)


rugby, not soccer
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:47 pm

Also, Marquise Goodwin has chosen to go the NFL route.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:05 pm

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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby AS » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:14 pm

18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump



On the women's side, Aussie Nova Peris won an Olympic field hockey gold in 1996, switched to track, won the 200m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and was a semi-finalist in the 400m at Sydney Olympics and a member of the 5th placed 4x400m relay...
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