Danielson was ever the quiet, even shy, one. Stayed away from the spotlight in spite of his stellar achievements. One of a select few who won the Cal State mile championship two years in succession. It seems that HS success can generate unusual pressure in 'real' life. A sad story indeed.
ed gee wrote:Not sure how you are making that connection, at least regarding Danielson.
no one wrote: It seems that HS success can generate unusual pressure in 'real' life.
Yes, indeed. In Danielson's case probably the opposite. When I started my high school career just a few years later, he was already pretty much forgotten, a trivia answer to who was the third high school kid to break 4. So bitterness might have played a role, but pressure?
I was pleased to see 1960s track and field get such coverage in the NYT article about Tim Danielson. However, I am going to go out on a limb and comment as to why on balance I did not like the story: first, it was too long (and I am an historian who writes long books); second, it really had only incidental and partial connection with track and field -- the personal situations Tim D encountered in adult life were quite apart from running, I think; third, the long winded story deflected attention and recognition away from the really incredible high school track and field participation and achievements of those years in the Los Angeles-San Diego corridor.
So much attention went to the 1966 California state meet the article author did mention the 1965 California state meet (andTim D's first state championship) -- but in focusing on Danielson even in 1965, overlooked the outstanding achievement -- Richard Joyce of Sierra HS setting a long standing national 880 record.
For NYT readers, most do not realize that track and field was the only sport in which CIF had a statewide championship.