Profile of Steve Prefontaine
Steve Prefontaine’s story was told in two unrelated feature films: Prefontaine (1997, with actor Jared Leto as Prefontaine) and Without Limits (1998, with Billy Crudup as Prefontaine). He is also the topic of the 1995 documentary Fire on the Track… The winner of the 1972 Olympic 5000 meters was Finland’s Lasse Viren… At Oregon, Steve Prefontaine was coached by Bill Bowerman, who along with U of O alumnus Phil Knight designed the first Nike running shoes… Steve Prefontaine became the first athlete to sign a contract with Nike, in 1974.
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