The CHill Zone of T&F: Conway's View From the Finish Line

Time to Tweak the World Championships

Dec 30th, 2009
2:16 pm PDT

I remember looking forward to the first World Championships back in 1983. We had boycotted the 1980 Olympics, so the last time the US had participated in a global championships had been the Games of 1976! So it had been an eternity for track fans salivating for a global event. Of course, to that point, the only guide that we had for such an event was the Olympics themselves Read More...

My All Decade Team – Men Track

Dec 24th, 2009
10:51 am PDT

Men's SprintsUsain Bolt - 100/200Tyson Gay - 100/200Maurice Greene - 100Asafa Powell - 100Shawn Crawford - 200Jeremy Wariner - 400Lashawn Merritt - 400Chris Brown - 400Usain Bolt won double gold in Beijing, then again in Berlin. He was a presence in the deuce throughout the second half of the decade with a 9th in Helsinki and silver in Osaka before his dominance in Beijing and Berlin with two gold medal and WR performances (19 Read More...

Defining the Decade

Dec 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm PDT

I've seen many "end of the decade" articles out there, but they all seem to have forgotten how many years are in a decade - blinded by the bright lights of the lightning Bolt's past two seasons. As spectacular as he has been there was much that took place between 2000 and 2009. So I've taken my own look at the decade that is closing Read More...

My Christmas Wish List for US Track

Dec 20th, 2009
9:28 pm PDT

With Christmas less than a week away I hope its not too late to send my Christmas Wish List to Santa. Of course my presents are already under the tree, so this list is dedicated to the sport of track and field. I'm looking forward to an exciting 2010, and with a little help from Santa it could be superlative Read More...

Tiger Woods – A Lesson for Track and Field

Dec 16th, 2009
8:17 am PDT

Tiger Woods has been the most identifiable athlete on the planet this New Millennium. He has become THE face of golf - nearly single handedly increasing its visibility. If you doubt that simply take a look at the increase in golf tournaments on TV since his rise to the top - and the difference in ratings when he does not compete Read More...

Final Look Back at 2009

Dec 14th, 2009
6:52 am PDT

With only a couple of weeks left in 2009, it's time to take a final look back on a very interesting season. Despite being a World Championship season, many events seemed to spur only average performances. But, as happens with regularity in this sport, there were those athletes and events that found a way to rise above the "average" and create the kind of excitement found only in the sport of track and field Read More...

Return of Liu Could Spice Up the Hurdles

Dec 11th, 2009
6:05 am PDT

After thirteen months of rehab It looks like Liu Xiang could be fully recovered from his Achilles injury. If he is indeed 100% and back to normal, the 110 hurdles could give the sport another super rivalry to showcase. Prior to his injury, Xiang was as dominant a force as the event has seen. Twice a WR setter in the event and the first man under 12 Read More...

What Happened to the Double ?

Dec 9th, 2009
11:04 am PDT

The schedule of events for the Diamond League meets is out and the first thing that popped into my head was: what's happened to the double? Do you even remember the double? Odds are if you started watching professional track and field at the turn of the century (this century) you may not.The double, that's when an athlete competed in two different individual events in the same meet Read More...

The Men’s 400, The Next Frontier

Dec 7th, 2009
9:50 am PDT

Looking back on this season and looking ahead to 2010 the men's 400 has to be the new frontier - at least in sprinting. After all the 100 is pretty much on lock down with Usain Bolt (9.58), Tyson Gay (9.69) and Asafa Powell (9.72) all scheduled to compete in the new Diamond League - with every meet scheduled to have one or more of this troika competing Read More...

Gatlin Set to Return in 2010

Dec 1st, 2009
11:26 am PDT

With the end of the year upon us it's already time to start looking forward to the next track season. And as I look ahead to 2010 one of the most intriguing stories that could develop could be the return of Justin Gatlin to the sport. I think the story is still fresh enough in everyone's mind that it doesn't need to be repeated in total Read More...