4 WINDS stands up worldwide for Christian athletes, plus provides the news page 4W at 4WindsUSA.com. Steve and Liz McConkey are the founders of 4 WINDS (1988) and Steve is the president. They started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. Steve was a USA National Club Coach from 1982 through 1992, with athletes ranking eighty times. After ministering to world-class track and field athletes from 1981 through 2013, Steve started standing up worldwide for Christian athletes.
They have worked through nine Olympics. Steve appears periodically on worldwide radio. He graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University (Master of Science-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. Steve was born in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to NW Wisconsin after the sixth grade. He has ran over 67,500 miles.
PICTURES THROUGH THE YEARS
Dunlap Elementary turkey kindergarten dinner in Des Moines, Iowa in 1961. Steve 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 NW Wisconsin, near Dairyland and Danbury, Wisconsin on Big McGraw Lake.
1973 Upper St. Croix Valley All-Conference Cross Country team. Steve is third from the left and was third in conference. This was a top Wisconsin conference at the time. The USCVC no longer exists.
Steve graduated from Webster High School (WI) and was among the top graduates in 1974.
Steve ran at Webster High School (WI, 71-73), University of Wisconsin-Superior (75-76), and Minnesota State University, Mankato (77-78). He graduated from MSU with a BS-Community Health degree with honors.
Steve has ran over 67,600 miles since 1971. He used to run 20 miles in 5+ minutes per mile.
Steve finished his Master of Science-Public Health degree 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.
Another picture of the 1980 WKU cross-country team. The two assistants were in the back row. One is left back row, first one. Steve is right back row, second.
From 1982 through 1992, Steve was a USA National Club Coach for Athletes in Action (82-83), Lay Witnesses for Christ (83-88), and 4 WINDS (88-92). Athletes were ranked eighty times.
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. 10 golds, 1 silver. Steve and Liz are in the third row on the left.
Liz monitoring the 4 WINDS booth after 4 Winds Christian Athletics was formed in September 1988.
Steve’s 1988 Olympic Trials pass in Indianapolis.
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.
Pass for the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. After 1992, 4 WINDS started ministering to world-class athletes on all teams.
4 WINDS 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 with athletes.
4 WINDS has hundreds of pictures. This picture is with the 1996 Olympic coaches from South Africa. Liz’s mother was from South Africa.
While in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, 4 WINDS did ministry work at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4.
While attending the 1996 Olympic Games, Steve and Liz were less than 100 yards from where the bomb went off at Centennial Olympic Park (light blue spot is where they were). They saw a guy go in with an Army bag before it went off and saw people being pushed back as a result of Richard Jewell’s efforts. The FBI interviewed them.
Liz at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Through the years, 4 WINDS ministered at the USA Track and Field Championships, plus the Olympic Trials.
Steve and Liz have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now Madison, Wisconsin. 4 WINDS 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.
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 the historic Olympics.
2004 press pass for Liz. She worked as a writer for the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Trials.
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.
At the University of Wisconsin talking to Ben Shapiro. There were major protests during the event, but settled down by the time Steve talked to Shapiro.
Running at the University of Wisconsin near the Memorial Union.
Spending summers in NW Wisconsin near the St. Croix River.
Married in 1980, Steve and Liz have been married for over 39 years.
Over ten years, Steve was on worldwide radio and had articles distributed globally. Each paper is an interview and/or article. Many times, one piece of paper was an interview that went to 250 radio stations in 35 states, then worldwide. Standing up worldwide for Christian athletes.