The 104th Millrose Games will be happening on January 28, 2011 in the fabled Madison Square Gardens. The iconic track makes the races more of a survival of the fittest than really fast racing. It is all about the competition, as track & field should be!
Fabiana Murur capturing the World Indoor Champs, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.
So, if you within driving distance (six hours), get your new Trente Starbucks iced Caffe Americano, a tank of gas and the remastered Led Zeppelin II, and perhaps, Curtis Mayfields’
soundtrack to Superfly. Pump up the volume and drive to see a most excellent track & field meet! Then, get a run in Central Park and have a real bagel (I prefer lox), at the Stage Deli.
What a weekend! ( Now if you need musical suggestions for the return drive, may I suggest the following: G Love & His Special Sauce (driving through Manhattan), Ryan Adams, and for the New Jersey turnpike, anything by the Roots, Portishead and for the last hour, perhaps,
Honky Chateau by Elton John or remastered Exile on Main Street, by Rolling Stones).
World Champs Murer, Cantwell headline field events at 104th Millrose Games
NEW YORK – Two of
the world’s most talked-about field event athletes will ply their trades
when reigning World Indoor Champions Christian Cantwell and Fabiana
Murer contest the men’s shot put and women’s pole vault, respectively,
at the 104th
Millrose Games. Although two of the biggest stars of the meet, they will
also face some of the fiercest competition of the night.
The 104th Millrose Games
will be contested Friday, January 28, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The
first event of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, the
Millrose Games will be televised live from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time on
Murer vs. Suhr in PV
One of the
break-out international track and field stars of 2010, Brazilian icon
Fabiana Murer out-dueled world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva to win
the 2010 World Indoor Championships gold medal in Doha, Qatar. Outdoors,
the South American record holder posted the second-highest height of
the year, 4.85m/15-11. Coming off such a spectacular year and making her
Millrose debut, Murer in 2011 will grace the cover of the event program
for the 104th Millrose Games.
The woman who topped the
2010 performance charts, 2008 Olympic and World Indoor silver medalist
Jenn Suhr of Rochester, N.Y., returns to Millrose searching for her
second victory at the Garden. The American record holder indoors and
outdoors, Suhr was the 2009 Millrose champion and led the world in 2010
with her winning height of 4.89m/16-0.5 at the USA Outdoor Track &
Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
2004 Olympian Jillian
Schwartz, competing for Israel, as well as Americans Melinda Owen and
Becky Holliday, will complete the Millrose field.
For a complete biography of Jenn Suhr, visit http://www.usatf.org/athletes/
Past, present and future in men’s shot put
The three-time defending
World Indoor Champion and 2009 World Outdoor gold medalist in the shot
put, Christian Cantwell enjoyed an utterly dominant year in 2010, in
which he was ranked #1 in the world and won the 2010 Indoor Visa
Championship as the top male performer of the Visa Championship Series.
He threw farther than 70 feet in 20 different meets and won the Diamond
League title in the shot.
As is customary at
Millrose, Cantwell will face the very best the U.S. and the world has to
offer in a field of four men. Two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2005
World Outdoor Champion Adam Nelson, the owner of no fewer than seven
Olympic World Indoor and/or World Outdoor medals, is joined by 2007
World Outdoor and 2006 World Indoor champion Reese Hoffa, as well as
recently graduated six-time NCAA champion Ryan Whiting of Arizona State.
With his third straight NCAA Indoor victory in 2010, Whiting became the
first man in 35 years to win three
consecutive NCAA indoor titles in the event and signaled that he is a
future force. Whiting also is a two-time NCAA outdoor champion in the
shot put and the 2010 discus champ.
For biographies of Cantwell, Nelson and Hoffa, visit http://www.usatf.org/athletes/
For more information on the 104th Millrose Games, visit http://www.millrose-games.com . Visit the 104th Millrose Games on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/photo.
A Night at The Garden
Fans can experience
a night at the world renowned Madison Square Garden – with the
ambience, history and great international competition that Millrose has
to offer – on any budget. Tickets for the 104th
Millrose Games range from $15-$100 and are on sale now at the Madison
Square Garden box office (212-465-6073) or through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com/
Millrose Press Credentials
The application for press credentials for the 104th Millrose Games is now available online at http://www.millrose-games.com/
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