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Road to Tokyo: The Healing Factor

Road to Tokyo: The Healing Factor

February 25, 2020 | Billy Mills

Coach Thompson and I are having a brief meeting. It is a sunny morning with a forecast of 72° by mid-afternoon. I have just finished an incredible workout. The golf course is closed today so I did what I call “tee to greens”: Sprinting from the ...

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Road to Tokyo: Training with Coach Thompson

Road to Tokyo: Training with Coach Thompson

January 28, 2020 | Billy Mills

It is the 1st of March 1964 and I have been training at Camp Pendleton for a mere 10 days. Coach Thompson and I are having our first in-depth goal-setting meeting. Coach asked me what my goals between now and the Olympic Games were. Somewhat surprised, I though...

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Road to Tokyo: Arriving at Camp Pendleton

Road to Tokyo: Arriving at Camp Pendleton

January 7, 2020 | Billy Mills

Reflections on the St. Sylvester Midnight Run It is January 3, 1964, and I can’t get the St. Sylvester Midnight Run on December 31, 1963, out of my mind. Running with a very bad cold, being tripped at the start of the race and losing a shoe...

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Road to Tokyo: The end of 1963

Road to Tokyo: The end of 1963

November 27, 2019 | Billy Mills

The Contenders It is a very cold Saturday morning, November 30, 1963, as an international field of runners lined up for the start of the USA National AAU Cross Country Championship race in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York. There is an unusually large number ...

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Today, join me in honoring our veterans

Today, join me in honoring our veterans

November 11, 2019 | Billy Mills

Dear Friends and Fellow Veterans, Today, Veterans Day 2019, holds a very special place in my heart. As a Marine, it is special to me because I was serving in the Marines when I won the gold medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even mo...

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Road to Tokyo: Healing Broken Wings

Road to Tokyo: Healing Broken Wings

October 31, 2019 | Billy Mills

Accepting, Adapting and Overcoming It’s now the middle of October 1963. Last month, on September 10th, learning that I was hypoglycemic and borderline Type 2 Diabetic was much more challenging than I originally thought it would be. It still had me feeling...

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Road to Tokyo: Troubles away from the track

Road to Tokyo: Troubles away from the track

September 30, 2019 | Billy Mills

As we prepare for next year’s Olympic Games and Billy Mills' return to Tokyo, where it all began, we are excited to introduce a new series, Road to Tokyo. Each month until the Games begin, Billy will share never-before-heard stories from his tim...

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