April 14, 2004 at 2:25 pm #1401
Here’s the Moses segment:
Clearing New Hurdles
At 48, Edwin Moses is as driven as when he won 107 consecutive 400-meter
hurdles finals and gold at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. And after
stepping up his training last summer with a goal of qualifying for the U.S.
Olympic trials, he’s probably as fit as he was at Montreal, Los Angeles
and his bronze-medal finale at Seoul in 1988.
“I could probably run the 100-meter hurdles competitively today,” he
But his plans to compete in his signature race were derailed by
partially torn cartilage in his right knee, an old injury that hadn’t
bothered him for years. Unable to put in the 1,200 miles of running he
figured he’d need, he ended his comeback. Yet, the attempt was anything
but a failure.
“I wasn’t trying to come back and run against Felix Sanchez,” he said,
referring to the two-time world champion. “My whole goal was to prove
sport can be used in positive ways, for social change.”
His aim was to publicize the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which
finances and promotes programs that use sports to tackle social issues
such as HIV, landmines, homelessness and the plight of children in war-torn
nations. Moses and athletes from various sports visit countries around
the world to add a personal touch that often has great impact. He
estimated that he racked up 400,000 air miles and visited 26 or 27
countries last year.
The U.S. Sport for Good Foundation raised $1 million at a Beverly Hills
gala last week.
“We don’t reinvent the wheel. We don’t build facilities. We find someone
already dealing with these problems and we help,” said Moses, who lives
in Orange County and Atlanta.
“I think we’ve accomplished a lot, but we want to do more. I think I’ve
motivated a lot of athletes on the [Laureus] academy. It’s about
motivating people, trying to do things other people think are impossible.”
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