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Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz

The Art of Hurrying Slowly

Chapter:
(p.204) Grete Waitz
Source:
More than Cricket and Football
Author(s):
Theresa Walton-Fisette
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.003.0011

Grete Waitz of Norway is marathon running’s first female star. Waitz had trained as a distance runner and found success at various distances before turning her attention to the longer race. Her first marathon race was the famous New York City marathon and expectations for her were low. It was surprising to herself and others when she won her first marathon race. Eventually, Waitz won the NYC marathon nine times and helped establish a foothold for women in the long distance event.

Keywords:   Marathon, Long distance, New York City Marathon, Gender, Calm

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