Bringing the Black Freedom Struggle into Sports

This article was printed exactly 10 years ago today. Original Source: An Interview with Lee Evans Bringing the Black Freedom Struggle into Sports by DAVE ZIRIN Lee Evans set a World Record in the 400 meters at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He has since coached world-class track teams around the world, from […]

Black Stand for Civil Rights at Mexico Olympics

This article was originally posted at http://moti-athletics-histo.blogspot.com2012/02/black-stand-for-civil-rights-at-mexico.html Peter Norman, Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Mexico Olympic Games podium Talking about athletic performances, Mexico 1968 Olympic Games rank among the very best in history. The world record was broken in no less than 15 specialties, including up to five times by three different […]

Olympics Gold Medalist Ronnie Ray Smith (1949-2013)

One-fourth of the 1968 Olympic Games gold medal-winning USA 4×100 meter relay team, Ronnie Ray Smith died on March 31 in a Los Angeles hospice, three days after his 64thbirthday. “Ronnie Ray Smith was one of the greatest sprinters in the 100 and 220 in our era,” says his former San Jose State teammate Kirk […]

2013 Run for the Dream Indoor Track Meet Honoree

For more than 50 years, San Jose State was one of the iconic names in track and field. Fueled by legendary coach Lloyd “Bud” Winter who led the Spartans from 1941 through 1970, the school produced champions, outstanding coaches and fine sportsmen at every level. There were individual and team conference titles, national champions and […]

San Jose State Track & Field Legacy Honored

Ron Davis, the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach/Women’s Track Coach at San Jose State University, was invited (with several others) for an event to honor the San Jose State University Cross Country and Track Team for the outstanding contribution to the sport of Cross Country and Track and Field and to the development […]

50 Years Ago: San Jose State Spartans becomes First Integrated Team to win NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Fifty years ago, a unique group of young men coached by a motivational mentor captured something they didn’t even realize was special at the time. On Nov. 26, 1962, this collection of speedy Spartans became the first integrated team to win the Division I (then called the University Division) title.  As incredible as it was […]

Ron Davis Returns as XC/Outdoor Track Coach at SJSU

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics.  Original link to press release here. Ron Davis is a member of the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd) A NCAA champion as a San Jose State student with more than 40 years of coaching experience, Ron Davis is returning to his alma mater […]

Interview with Ernie Bullard on Bud Winter

Recorded in September 2011, Jimson Lee of SpeedEndurance interviews Ernie Bullard near his home in Stockton, CA. The topic was Bud Winter and Speed City. Here is the interview on YouTube: You can download the MP4 file here for your computer, iPad or iPhone.

Rasmus Ankersen Interviews Dennis Johnson

Rasmus Ankersen published his first book "DNA of a Winner" at the age of 22. The book became a bestseller, encouraging Rasmus to follow up his success with "Leader DNA" and "Raising a Winner". By the age of 25 he had written three bestsellers. His desire to understand the code that unlocks World Class performance […]

Black American Distance Runners who Competed for Speed City during the Early 1960s

NOTE: The original article can be found at: This article will focus on the Black American distance runners who competed for San Jose State College (SJSC) during the early 1960s. In the fall of 1962, James Meridith grabbed national attention while attempting to transfer from the all-Black Jackson State College to the all-white University […]