Dr. JoAnn and Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter make a rare appearance together on an elite panel of experts discussing how to get into a flow with your performance.
Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter and Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter
Frank Shorter’s Athletic Career
Athletics Career (from Wikipedia)
Shorter first achieved distinction by winning the 1969 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 10,000-meter title during his senior year at Yale.
He won his first U.S. national titles in 1970 in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter events. He also was the U.S. national 10,000-meter champion in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1977.
After graduating from Yale, Shorter chose to pursue a law degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville because of the excellence of the environment and the opportunity to train with Jack Bacheler as members of the Florida Track Club (FTC) founded by Jimmy Carnes, then the head coach of the Florida Gators track and field team. Bacheler was, at that time, regarded as America’s best distance runner, having qualified for the finals of the 5,000-meter race at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The FTC’s core nucleus of Shorter, Bacheler and Jeff Galloway qualified for the 1972 Olympics and their success made Gainesville the Mecca of distance running on the East Coast in the early 1970s.
Shorter won the U.S. national cross-country championships four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He was the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in both the 10,000-meter run and the marathon in both 1972 and 1976. He also won both the 10,000-meter and the marathon at the 1971 Pan American Games. Shorter was a four-time winner of the Fukuoka Marathon (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974). He was successful on the road racing circuit as well, winning the Peachtree Road Race in 1977 and the Falmouth Road Race in 1975 and 1976.
Shorter won his greatest recognition, however, as a marathon runner, and is the only American athlete to win two medals in the Olympic marathon event. He won the gold medal in themarathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, after finishing fifth in the Olympic 10,000-meter final. This ultimate achievement was marred by an impostor, West Germanstudent Norbert Sudhaus, running into Olympic Stadium ahead of Shorter, who was not bothered by the silence from the crowd that had been duped into thinking he was running for the silver medal. Shorter was confident that he was going to win the gold medal because he knew that no other competing runner had passed him. He received the James E. Sullivan Award afterward as the top amateur athlete in the United States. He won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, finishing second behind previously unheralded gold medalist Waldemar Cierpinski of East Germany. Cierpinski was later implicated as a part of the state-sponsored doping program of his country by East German track and field research files uncovered by Werner Franke at the Stasi headquarters in Leipzig in the late 1990s.
Shorter was featured as a prominent character, played by Jeremy Sisto, in the 1998 film Without Limits. The film follows the life of Shorter’s contemporary, training partner, Olympic teammate and some-time rival Steve Prefontaine. Shorter was the second to last person to see Prefontaine alive before he died in a car wreck.
A long-time resident of Boulder, Colorado; Shorter co-founded the Bolder Boulder in 1979. The annual 10k race is a popular Memorial Day event, which culminates with a tribute to U.S. Armed Forces at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado. A life-size bronze statue of Shorter stands outside the stadium.