Track is my field: Mark Cullen's international track and field blog featuring storytelling, commentary, and predictions and event analyses for the Olympics and World Championships. I'm writing from Rio de Janeiro and the 31st Summer Olympic Games. I'm active on twitter: @trackerati
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Welcome! Introduction to the Guide to the Universe VI
Welcome to edition #6 of this guide, which began in 1988
when the Summer Olympics started in Seoul
in late September and I wanted to show my cross country runners that there was
more to the sports world than Michael Jordan – or, for that matter, the men’s
100m. While the fun of this guide is the picks, for me it’s just as much about
giving an accurate sense of each event.
References are as follows:
Major Meets are Olympic Games and World Championships:
’00 – Sydney
’01 – Edmonton
’03 – Paris
’04 – Athens
’05 – Helsinki
’07 – Osaka
’08 – Beijing
’09 – Berlin
’11 – Daegu Worlds
World list refers
to the yearly top 25 in each event as determined by each competitor’s top mark
of this season going into the Games.
refers to the 14 major meets held on the international circuit every year.
You can follow my event previews two ways on my blog at www.trackerati.com. First, I'm posting my entire preview of all 47 events. Then, I’ll post each
event as it happens. For example, on August 8 the four finals are the
women’s long jump, 400m hurdles, 200m, and the men’s 110m hurdles – so I’ll
post those four on that day for easy and timely reference.
Also, I’ll post a
complete list of sources.
Feel free to contact me at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to post a reply here.
I’m a 1975 graduate of the University of Oregon;
I began running in Bill Bowerman’s beginning jogging class in the fall of 1971,
a week after he had been named Head Coach of the US Olympic Track and Field
team. I coached track and field for 13 years and cross country for 26, and
served as president of the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association.
I‘ve been privileged to attend 4 Olympic Trials, 6 World Championships and one
Olympics – Montreal
In Track and Field News’ 1988 preview of the men’s javelin
in ’88, they summarized all of this
by saying, “(but) really, anyone could win – and we like the
suspense.” Have fun!
Have a terrific Olympics, everyone! Best regards from Seattle. On your Mark…