In this episode, we bring you part one of a two-part interview with US marathon legend Frank Shorter. Frank Shorter is the only American to win two Olympic medals for the marathon distance earning gold in 1972 in Munich and silver in 1976 in Montreal. Sadly, in 1976 he was robbed of a second gold medal moment when he was beaten by East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski who would later be directly linked to a state-sponsored doping program.
Frank's marathon successes sparked the marathon movement here in the US as thousands of everyday runners flocked to cover the 26.2 mile distance. Frank would go on to earn a law degree at the University of Florida and become an integral part of the professionalization of track and field including negotiation of some of the very first sponsorship deals. Then in the late 1990's, Frank helped develop the vision for and lead the formation of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) where he served as Chairman from 2000-2003.
In this interview, Kara and Chris chat with Frank about his beginnings as a marathoner and how training then differed dramatically from training now. In addition, Frank shares stories of his Olympic experiences including what it was like to get beat in 1976 by a suspiciously unknown runner who just seemed to effortlessly glide away. Finally, don't miss the conclusion of the podcast where Frank shares an unbelievable story about the formation of USADA and the near-perfect combination of events and personalities (including President Bill Clinton) that made it happen.
Stay tuned for part two of the interview that will be released in several weeks.