STANDING UP WORLDWIDE FOR CHRISTIAN ATHLETES | MADISON, WISCONSIN

STEVE McCONKEY | 4 WINDS USA

Founded in 1988, 4 WINDS USA stands up worldwide for Christian athletes (4WindsUSA.com). Starting in world-class track and field ministries in 1981, Steve and Liz McConkey have worked through nine Olympics. In 2013, McConkey started standing up worldwide for Christian athletes in all sports. He was a successful USA National Track and Field Club Coach (82-92) and has ran over 68,000 miles.

McConkey graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University (Master of Public Health), Minnesota State University, Mankato (BS-Community Health), and Webster High School (WI). They have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now Madison, Wisconsin. McConkey was born in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to NW Wisconsin after the sixth grade.

PICTURES THROUGH THE YEARS


Dunlap Elementary Thanksgiving lunch in Des Moines, Iowa in 1961. Steve was in kindergarten and is near the wall. Dunlap is no longer a school.


During Dunlap Elementary field trips, Steve went to the Drake Relays in 1967 and 1968. First time exposure to world-class track and field. 


After the sixth grade, Steve’s family moved to Big McGraw Lake, near Dairyland, Wisconsin. 


1973 Upper St. Croix Valley All-Conference Cross Country team. Steve is third from the left and was third in the conference. This was a top Wisconsin conference at the time. The USCVC no longer exists. He competed at Webster High School (WI) and graduated in 1974.


Steve ran at Webster High School (WI, 71-73), University of Wisconsin-Superior (75-76), and Minnesota State University, Mankato (77-78). MSU was third at the 1977 NCAA D2 Cross Country Championships. He graduated from MSU with a BS-Community Health with honors.

Poster used for Christian meetings in the late 1970s. The ink bleeding through was a letter to Liz before they were married. 


Steve finished his Master of Public Health at Western Kentucky University in one year, graduating in the summer of 1981 with honors. While attending WKU, he was a graduate assistant coach on the cross-country and track teams. The cross-country team had a perfect 15 points at the 1980 Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country Championships and was sixth at the NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships. They won the 1981 OVC Indoors and were third Outdoors in track and field.


Starting in world-class track and field ministries in 1981, Steve and Liz McConkey have worked through nine Olympics. In 2013, McConkey started standing up worldwide for Christian athletes in all sports. He was a successful USA National Track and Field Club Coach (82-92) and has ran over 68,000 miles.


At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. 10 golds, 1 silver. Steve and Liz are in the third row, left.


Liz monitoring the 4 WINDS USA booth. The ministry was formed September 1988 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.


During the 1991 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in New York City, Steve was able to go to the top of the World Trade Center. 


4 WINDS USA did ministry work at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


While in Atlanta, Steve was able to minister to many athletes from many countries, plus trade pins.


While in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, 4 WINDS USA did ministry work at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4.


While attending the 1996 Olympic Games, Steve and Liz were 75 yards from where the bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park (light blue spot). They saw a guy go in with an Army bag before it exploded and saw people being pushed back as a result of Richard Jewell’s efforts. The FBI interviewed them.


Through the years, 4 WINDS USA ministered at many USA Track and Field Championships, the Olympic Trials, and some Olympics.


Steve and Liz have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now Madison, Wisconsin. 4 WINDS USA is located close to the lower left in Madison, Wisconsin.


The Dan McClimon Track at the University of Wisconsin, up the street from 4 WINDS USA.


Jesse Owens, Ohio State, competed at the University of Wisconsin in the spring before he went to the 1936 Olympics. He won four gold medals at this historic Olympics.


At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.


At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.


On the way to the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Grand Tetons in the background.


Running at the University of Wisconsin near the Memorial Union. Steve has ran over 68,000 miles.


Spending summers in NW Wisconsin near the St. Croix River.


Married in 1980, Steve and Liz have been married for over 40 years.


Over the last years, Steve has had over 265 worldwide radio interviews and many global articles. Each paper is an interview and/or article. In 2013, 4 WINDS USA started standing up worldwide for Christian athletes in all sports.