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.
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
Yesterday, July 26, 1964, I qualified for the Olympic team in the marathon. Today, just settling into a 10-mile run with a comfortable pace, it’s time to start analyzing my body to determine if there are any flare-ups with my
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