Born in Des Moines, Iowa. This was at Dunlap Elementary. Steve is near the wall. This picture was in the Des Moines Register in November 1961 around Thanksgiving.
While going to Dunlap Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa, Steve went to the Drake Relays on field trips in 1967 and 1968. Here is Olympic runner Jim Ryun.
Jim Ryun at the Drake Relays.
1973 Upper St. Croix Valley All-Conference Cross Country team. Steve moved to the Danbury, Wisconsin area in 1968 after the sixth grade and ran at Webster High School. Steve was third in the conference, one of the top conferences at that time.
Steve ran at the University of Wisconsin-Superior before transferring to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
In the front row of this race in Mankato, Minnesota on a hot, hilly course. It was loaded with very good runners.
Steve ran at Minnesota State University in Mankato, a top NCAA team. He transferred from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Steve ran three marathons and has ran over 66,700 miles since 1971.
Ran 10.75 miles in one hour on the outdoor track at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Ran 10.75 miles in one hour on a 178 yard indoor track at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
One of the reasons Steve decided to go to Western Kentucky University for his masters degree was because of British Olympians Nick Rose and Tony Staynings. Rose won the 1974 NCAA Cross Country Championships title. At the 1973 NCAA Championships, he lost to Steve Prefontaine.
1980 Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country champions with a perfect 15 points. Went on to place sixth at the NCAA Divison 1 Championships. The indoor track and field team was first in the OVC and third outdoors. While getting a Master of Science-Public Health degree at Western Kentucky, Steve was a grad assistant coach.
Running greats while at Western Kentucky University. Canadian Ron Becht, British Olympian Tony Staynings, Larry Cuzzort, Greg Orman, and South African Ashley Johnson. Too many NCAA titles and other top achievements to list.
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Steve and Liz started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. From 1982 through 1992, Steve was a USA National Club Coach for Athletes in Action (Eugene), Lay Witnesses for Christ (Dallas-Ft. Worth), and 4 Winds USA (Minneapolis-St. Paul). Athletes were ranked eighty times. In 1992, 4 Winds USA dropped the team and started working with all world-class track and field athletes. In 2014, 4 Winds USA started standing up for Christian athletes in every sport.
These small flags were handed out during the 1984 Olympic women’s marathon. Steve and Liz saw Joan Benoit win the first gold medal in the new event.
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Steve and Liz are in the third row on the left. 10 golds, 1 silver.
With Carl Lewis after the 1984 Olympics where he won four golds.
The foreign athletes who were on our team for the 1984 Olympics. Desmond Morris died from cancer at 28.
Desmond Morris (Jamaica), 1984 Olympics, HJ (PR 7-5).
Greg Rolle (Bahamas), 1984 Olympics, 400H (PR 49.46).
Karl Smith (Jamaica), 1984 Olympics, 400H (PR 49.17).
Great Olympic Trials and Championships were held in Indianapolis for many years.
Gordon Laine competed for 4 Winds USA. He was fourth in the long jump at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
Liz working our display at a church in the 80s.
7-8.5 high jumper Brent Harken in New York City.
One of our many passes to the USA Track and Field Championships. We have went to 70% of the Championships since 1981.
With 1964 Olympic decathlete Russ Hodge speaking to the Danbury, Wisconsin elementary school.
4 Winds USA’s Tom Ansberry. He was fifth in the 10,000m at the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans.
Last time as a USA National Club Coach was at the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. In 1992, 4 Winds USA dropped the team and started working with all world-class track and field athletes. In 2014, 4 Winds USA started standing up for Christian athletes in every sport.
Steve’s family with Tom Ansberry after he finished fifth in the 10,000m at the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans.
400 hurdler Kevin Young gave us his pass and wrote his world record time down.
With Olympic decathlon bronze medalist Dave Johnson.
With legendary Villanova Coach Marty Stern.
1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Steve and Liz’s three children at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They went on to get five university degrees and are married.
With former British Olympians Brendan Foster and Steve Cram at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
With Jamaican Olympic sprint gold medalist Herb McKenley.
With Nigerian Olympic sprint bronze medalist Innocent Egbunike.
With Brazilian Olympic gold and silver 800m medalist Joaquim Cruz.
With the USA Track and Field Head Coach at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
With the 1996 Olympic coaches from South Africa.
At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. We shared the gospel and traded a pin with this Greek athlete.
Witnessing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Witnessing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Steve and Liz were 100 yards from where the bomb went off at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They saw a guy going in with an Army bag before the bomb went off. The FBI interviewed them.
One of the nails from the bomb hit a statue. Two people died. Many were able to move away from the suspicious Army bag before it went off.
With Olympic sprint gold medalist Maurice Greene.
With Olympic pole vault silver medalist Toby Stevenson.
With Olympic high jump silver medalist Matt Hemingway. He is related to the famous author, Ernest Hemingway.
At one of many USA Track and Field Championships.
With Santa Monica Track Club Coach Joe Douglas.
With Baylor Coach Todd Harbour. He ran a 3:50.34 mile in the 80s.
With Olympic sprint silver medalist Coby Miller.
With Olympic shot putter Ron Backes.
With Olympic 400m gold medalist Sanya Richards.
Liz with Olympic 400m gold medalist Sanya Richards.
With Olympic discus gold medalist Stephanie Browne Trafton.
At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Steve and Liz’s three kids played on top ten high school basketball teams in Wisconsin. Two went on to compete at universities.
Steve has ran over 66,700 miles since 1971. Here is a picture by the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus.
Steve and Liz live close to the University of Wisconsin football stadium in Madison. Jesse Owens competed in a track and field meet at the stadium when the track was there. Shortly after, he won four golds at the 1936 Olympics defying Hitler.
The McClimon Track at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Steve and Liz live up the street. Wisconsin has the best cross country teams in NCAA history.
Steve and Liz were married in 1980. They have three children, eight grandchildren. Liz helped co-found 4 Winds USA in 1988.
With Paul Chryst, University of Wisconsin Head Football Coach. We live a few blocks from the University.
At the 2018 USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines. With Madelyn Manning Mims (800m gold) and Lauryn Williams (many time sprint and bobsled medalist).
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