First, an apology is in order.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to bring you yesterday’s “Better Know a Pro;” I realize that many of you probably wasted valuable work hours repeatedly checking and re-checking this blog–wearing a hole in your mouse with fervent clicking of the “Browser Refresh” button–in the hopes that, mercifully, I would bring your moderately-easy trivia fix; distributing tantalizing clues, cultural insight, and nonstop hilarity like some digital Johnny Appleseed. But I also realize that you’re a hearty lot, and trust that in time you’ll come to terms with the fact that it just wasn’t meant to be.
That’s the reality of this time of year, I guess. The days are filled with meetings in our well-appointed conference room, impromptu huddles in spacious hallways, and conference calls with our staff and volunteers already setting up shop out at Fort Wadsworth, in Central Park, or points in-between. Yesterday was one such day, and there was just too much going on to compose the finely-crafted blog posts that you’ve come to expect from me.
That said, we offer our belated congratulations to one Jimmy Manning, who correctly guessed the mystery athlete within minutes of publication. We will be sending him an autographed photo (of the athlete, not ourselves) shortly:
I was accused of making the clues too easy for Tergat, but it’s hard to think of little undiscovered nuggets of trivia when you’re talking about one of the greatest and best-known athletes the sport has ever seen. Tergat, as you’ll recall, won the ING New York City Marathon 2005 in the most exciting finish in marathon history, out-leaning defending champion Hendrick Ramaala by 3/10s of one second. The former world record-holder returns to New York after a one-year absence (he was third in 2006) in tremendous shape: he finished second in the RTP Lisbon Half-Marathon a few weeks back in 1:01:34. If the 39 year-old Tergat manages to win in New York next weekend–a definite possiblity–he will be the oldest men’s champion in race history, breaking his own record set with his win three years ago.
On to today’s Mystery Athlete!
1. This athlete’s spouse has also seen success on the international running circuit.
2. This athlete has achieved world class status despite suffering from asthma.
3. This athlete once appeared on a TV game show that gained its name from the lyrics of a 1956 Cole Porter tune.
Good luck to all!