Road To Tokyo

As we prepare for the Olympic Games rescheduled for next year 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 time at and leading up to the Olympics in 1964.

“I needed the thrill of competition, but more important, the victory because of decisions soon to be made…” | Road to Tokyo by Billy Mills

My 1965 track season started on Jan 9 at the San Francisco Invitational indoor track meet.  I won the one-mile run competing against a star-studded field of several sub 4-minute milers.  Favored to win was Allan Simpson from England.  He
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Road to Tokyo: Qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Team

July 25, 1964. As we drive to Culver City, California, I explain to Patricia the process to make the USA Olympic Marathon Team. There are two marathon trials: The first was the USA Amateur Athletic Union Championship in Yonkers, New York on May 24, 1964. Only the winner is placed on the Olympic team. The Western Hemisphere Marathon
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