USATF Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
Trailblazers and living legends comprise the 41st National Track & Field Hall of Fame induction class featuring Stacy Dragila, Lance Deal, Tom Burke, Pat “Paddy” Ryan and contributor Theodore “Ted” Corbitt
Posted Wednesday, 12 November, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Trailblazers and living legends comprise the 41st National Track & Field Hall of Fame induction class featuring Stacy Dragila, Lance Deal, Tom Burke, Pat “Paddy” Ryan and contributor Theodore “Ted” Corbitt, USA Track & Field announced Friday.
The group will be honored Thursday evening, Dec. 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet, which is a part of the USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.
Dragila, the first women’s Olympic pole vault champion, holds two IAAF World Championships and a World Indoor Championship title as well. She joins four-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Lance Deal on the slate of modern athlete inductees, which includes those who have retired within the past 25 years.
Tom Burke, who competed in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896, and hammer throw legend Pat “Paddy” Ryan represent the two veteran athlete inductees, which include those who have been retired for 25 years or more. Both two-time Olympic medalists, Burke won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the inaugural Games, while Ryan earned gold in hammer throw and silver in weight throw at the Antwerp 1920 Games in Belgium.
The Contributor honor is presented to someone who has made a significant impact on growing the sport of track and field. Receiving the honor is Ted Corbitt, a man regarded as the “Father of American Distance Running.” Not only was he the first African-American marathoner to make the U.S. Olympic Team, but he was also also the founder of USATF’s Road Running Technical Council, where he became the galvanizing force behind measuring and certifying the official distances of race courses.
Biographies for each candidate can be found on the USATF website. http://www.usatf.org/News/USATF-announces-2014-Hall-of-Fame-Class.aspx
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
About the National Track & Field Hall of Fame
The finalists from each category are selected by a screening panel from a list of nominations. Panelists examine the nominees and evaluate their merits. Elections for modern and veteran athletes are held each year. Elections for coaches are held in odd-numbered years with contributors elected in even-numbered years. Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame board and panels and members of the media vote on elections for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
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