David Oliver: Some thoughts on an athlete retiring


David Oliver is retiring, per NBC Olympic sports. It was in the twitter world today, so it must be true.

Retiring is such a personal thing for an elite athlete. But, in the rarefied world of the 110m hurdles, David Oliver has been around for a heck of a long time. He has an Olympic medal, a World Championship title, indoor and outdoors, plus four US outdoor titles.

David Oliver has moments of great highs and lows in our sport. He has lived life well, reminding the media that, when he first ran 13.2, he was working in a footwear store. Being an elite hurdler for over a decade is a huge tribute to David's drive and athleticism.

In 2011, the Shoe Addicts, our video partners, did this video focus on David Oliver, to promote David and his running at the 2011 Nike Pre Classic. Check it out, because it captures our friend and great athlete: https://www.runblogrun.com/2011/05/shoeaddicts-present-david-oliver-110m-hurdles-note-by-larry-eder.html

David Oliver is a class act, a fine athlete, and most of all, a great role model.

We will miss him.

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