I really enjoy the part of this site when I receive notes randomly giving me feedback. I will not lie and say the past controversy as told in "Speed Trap" has not made life a bit of a hurdle no pun intended. It brings me joy to report I continue to hurdle successfully over each barrier life throws my way for me and my family. For this one reason I feel compelled to share stories that touch me. This note I have recently received is a great example. The name and exact location have been changed with permission from sender as it is not relevant to the content.
"Sprint your own race"
I am a Canadian working in the EU. I used to coach track in a Canadian city and have seen you rundown in Provo Utah back in the day. I never had the honor of actually meeting Charlie and talking face to face with him, but really enjoyed the forum and have learned a lot from him that way. I have read Speed Trap a few times and I believe that Canadian athletics really did them selves a disservice by banning Charlie for life. I was yet not coaching when the Seoul Olympics took place, but I can remember exactly where I was when Ben crossed the line in the final. I suspect that jealousy played a big role in Charlie getting blackballed.
I was at the Canadian Jr champs in Vancouver in 79 when Mark McKoy ran at his first Jr nats. I was stretching close to Mark and Charmaine Crooks and they kept talking about "Charlie" and how he would be happy with their performances. I did not know who "Charlie" was at the time.
I know that I am not telling you anything new, but I believe that Charlie was one of the few true geniuses in track and Canadian track could have learned much from him. I have taken some courses from “Mr Sport” and have talked to “Sportman” over the years over a variety of subjects and know that this coach is a big fan of Charlie's. I am as well, and just want you to know that there are voices out there not only in North America but all over the world that acknowledge the legacy that Charlie left.
Thank you for keeping the fire burning!
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
A Coach who has taken time to share with all of us ( how cool is that?)
Dept of Sport Science
University of “someplace in EU”
"DON"T LIKE" it?
I grew up not just "LIKING" track and field .I loved it.
I have told many people : Track has brought me some of the very best things in my life.
Historically I have not "LIKED" some aspects of track and field.
In the past 26 years I have endured some of the most difficult events in track and field history and thankfully I "LIKE" track again. I think I might even say " I LOVE IT".
What I don't get is why people like to steal other people's stuff and publish it.
I don't " LIKE " when people do this sort of thing.
I guess some people" LIKE" my stuff so much they want to give it to everyone. I am sure they must be a great people everyone " LIKES". They are just so generous don't you think?
I tried sending these people a note saying I don't "LIKE" that you have stolen my copyright protected material and you are not supposed to publish it without my permission.
I am wondering if the conclusion I have is correct.
Do these people "LIKE" the work of my late husband Coach Charlie Francis?
I wonder if they know I might not "LIKE" what they are doing.
I wonder if they think I am dead. I don't think they know I am alive and make my livelihood from selling my material. I don't "LIKE " that but I guess I need to wake up, get off my sprinters butt and do more about this sort of thing. GEE Whiz. I better get busy.
Good luck with your training and make sure you are taking care of you.
9.79* by Daniel Gordon – A documentary @ TIFF ( Toronto International Film Festival) Opening Premiere September 8th, 2012
- How Daniel Gordon’s Documentary took a shot at changing some feelings I have had about the last 25 years of my life and he didn’t even know it.
- When I first came across this documentary it was during the 2012 Olympics and the 55 minute BBC version was like a bad accident,
- Did Gordon change the how I felt about the unjust treatment Francis faced throughout his 22 year career post Seoul ?
- What did I think of 9.79* The Documentary?