In 1972 Steve Prefontaine was only 19 but made the cover of Sports Illustrated, the tagline read, 'Only 19 but blessed with speed, stamina and a canny coach, Steve Prefontaine may turn out to be the best ever'.
He nearly did, Pre once held the U.S. record in every long-distance event from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. He narrowly missed a medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics and was training for the 1976 Montreal Olympics when he died in a car accident in 1975, at age 24. Coached at University of Oregon by the legendary Bill Bowerman (co founder of Nike), Pre earned a reputation for his aggressive front-running racing style, going out hard and not relinquishing the lead. He soon became a legend not only in his native Oregon, but nationwide, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 19. He once said 'If you going to beat me, you're going to have to bleed to do it'.
Even after his death, Pre remained an icon in the running world. During his short career, he ran 153 races and won 120 of them. He is at least partially responsible for inspiring the running boom during the 1970s, and was Nike's first official employee with the Premontreal running flat named in his honor.
White premium weight slub cotton tee with water based ink print.
Part of our tribute to Steve Prefontaine, the United States' greatest distance runner, Nike's first employee and all round Oregonian hero!