Prefontaine, Steve

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Steve Prefontaine
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Prefontaine, Steve Gender: M
Steve Roland Prefontaine
born on 25 January 1951 at 08:05 (= 08:05 AM )
Place Coos Bay, Oregon, 43n22, 124w13
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
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American extraordinary athlete and track icon of the '70s, the fastest American in history. Although he set many new records in track, he suffered defeat in the 1972 Olympics. He was the first athlete to sign a contract with the shoe manufacturer Nike, helping to make Nike a household word.

As a kid, Prefontaine spent thousands of hours running through the streets of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, turning into Track Town USA. With the aggressive mentality of a football player and the muscular build of a wrestler, distance running was the sport at which he excelled. As a high school senior in Coos Bay, OR, he set the national prep record for the two-mile run. Then, at the University of Oregon, he set seven national records and at one time was the fastest American in history at every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. While he won more than 75 % of his races during his eight-year career, he finished fourth in his only try for an Olympic medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Prefontaine signed a contract with Nike for $5,000 to wear their shoes. In his first race with the new shoes, the company's trademark swooshes (which had been glued to the sides) came loose and fell off. Popular with his peers, Steve helped others and was an outspoken critic of inefficient sports officials. Dedicated to his sport, he was calm and tough, ferocious in his loyalties. A slow learner, he had not much confidence in school. As a star, kids loved him.

After winning a track race in Eugene earlier in the day and then attending a post-meet party, Prefontaine, in the wee hours of 5/30/1975 lost control of his gold MGB convertible coming around a turn and crashed into a rock wall. The sports car flipped over, crushing him. He was 24. Warner Brothers and Hollywood Pictures have both looked at making films about Prefontaine's amazing career and short lived life. In 1998 a biographical film was released entitled "Without Limits."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Lose social status 1972 (Placed fourth in Olympics)
  • Death by Accident 30 May 1975 (Crushed by car, age 24)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Great Publicity 1998 (Release of biopic: "Without Limits")

Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Traits : Personality : Fiery (In his beliefs)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Crushed to death by car)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 24)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (First athlete to endorse a product)
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Holder of seven ntnl. Records)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Fastest American in history)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession