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.
On a beautiful evening April 1, 1965, after sightseeing all day in Rome, Italy, Patricia and I check into our hotel room in Wembly, England. We are pleasantly surprised to have been upgraded to a small elegant suite. We relax,
After setting a new American indoor 3 mile record on February 19, 1965, my indoor track and field season is basically over. In reality however, I still have two more indoor races left. The next one is a 3 mile
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
Our return flight from Tokyo, Japan was a time for relaxing, sleeping and reflecting on all that has happened to us during the past 8 months. Patricia has been amazingly supportive and her presence in Tokyo proved vital to my
September 29, 1964: Saying goodbye to Patricia as I boarded the plane for Tokyo, Japan was difficult, even though she will be joining me on October 5. I just wish she was with me now. My time during the long