Saturday, June 28, 2008

2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials

The 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials started yesterday in Eugene Oregon at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. This year Eugene, Oregon aka "Track Town USA" is hosting the US Track trials which will pick the United State Track and Field Team for the Olympics late this summer in Peking, China. (yes I like the old spelling). NBC will broadcast an hour of highlights both on Saturday and Sunday night. Check your local schedule. For more information click on the title for a link to the Eugene Register Guard which has excellent converge. More than 25000 attended the opening last night and the place has the feel of "A Bowl Game" and an upscale "Street fair."

Watching over the Olympic Trials is a statute honoring Bill Bowerman, the Oregon Track coach who coached Steve Prefontaine and founded Nike along with Phil Knight. Read the book "Bill Bowerman and the Men of Oregon" to understand what he meant to Oregon Track and the the US Track program.

When in Eugene, stop by "Track Town Pizza" across the street from the University of Orogon campus on Franklin Blvd. for some of the best pizza in the world. I can taste it now. The place is not fancy but is a shrine to Oregon athletics.
A great placd to go after a game or a track meet and they have TV's with sports events too!