George, I have been talking to Curtis Stone. He said Chick Werner (40's/50's Penn State coach) had his own shoe co. making track spikes. He also said that Wim Slykhuis (Flying Dutchman) gave him spikes once. I am trying to find a good picture of Wim. He was bronze medalist in 48 1500m and 5000 London. He ran a lot in the USA on the boards indoors like 49, 50, 51, 52 era. I'm trying to find results of the 1951 Washington Evening Star meet like Jan. 51. Supposely they had mile race with Bannister other Uk guys, Don Gehrman, and Wim. The spikes I have of Bill Ashenfelter are same spikes I see Wim wore and Fanny Blankers Koen wore. I wrote to the Dutch Federation to see if they knew..MAKER??
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: January 13, 1923 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: June 28, 2003 (Aged 80) in Badhoevedorp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: AAC, Amsterdam (NED)
Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)
|Hans Harting and Wim Slijkhuis|
|Wim Slijkhuis had the following podium finishes at major championships: 3rd in the 1948 Olympics 1500 metres, 3rd in the 1948 Olympics 5000 metres; 1st in the 1950 European Championships 1500 metres, 2nd in the 1946 European Championships 5000 metres.|
Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:43.8 (1949); 5000 – 14:14.0 (1946).
Here is a picture we recently received from Earl Young. It was taken at Eugene, Oregon at one of the pre-Olympic meets after the 1960 Olympic Trials and before their departure for Rome. Thanks, Earl.
|Coach Oliver Jackson, Earl Young, Ralph Boston, Jerry Siebert, Frank Budd, Jim Beatty at Pre-Olympic Meet|
Familiar feelings. 50 years ago when in my mid 30s I was about to quit as I was not improving when I stumbled upon a book by Percy Cerrutti . In it he maintained that living athletically was its own reward and being without talent was not a reason not to do so. I took that to heart and think it was beneficial. " Richard Trace