Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    With Daisuke-san
    Age
    37
    Posts
    1,714
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0

    Grete Waitz passed away

    I don't know how many of you who are into track & field, but the news left me incredibly sad.

    Grete was the first track & field world champion, in Helsinki 1983, when she won womans marathon. She also won the New York Marathon 9 times, and have lots of nationals and international titles.

    What I really admire her for, is how she has fought for womans sports, both in Norway and internationally. When she came on the scene in the mid 70ies, woman were not supposed to run long and hard, but Grete changed peoples opinions and became a role model for so many girls, fighting the male regime in their clubs.
    In Norway, she started her own city race, just for woman, all her life she worked to get us all to leave the tv-chair and start moving. she was so inspirational, her race was great fun, I took part some years ago.

    The last years Grete has been fighting cancer, and last night she passed away in her sleep. While she was ill, she kept working, helping others with cancer to stay active and fight the decease.

    She came across a such a likeable woman, I really admire her, and I will miss her!

    ETA: forgot to add she was only 57 so sad for her husband and her family!
    Last edited by SmallFairy; 04-19-2011 at 04:01 PM.

  2. #2
    Prick Admin
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Having a kiki
    Posts
    42,373
    vCash
    506
    Rep Power
    25256
    R.I.P.

    She also won the silver medal in the inaugural women's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New England, USA
    Posts
    5,940
    vCash
    470
    Rep Power
    12447
    What irony for her to pass on Boston Marathon day. She was such a classy winner.
    AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Two places! Atlanta suburbs and in the North Georgia Mountains
    Posts
    3,814
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    2089
    Grete won the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta several times when my husband was involved with its administration. He said he met her several times and she was really a lovely person. Sorry I told him-I think he took it hard.

  5. #5
    Quadless
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Celebrating the power of Pooh
    Posts
    15,034
    vCash
    325
    Rep Power
    42821
    What sad news. She was a marathon legend. May she rest in peace.
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Age
    43
    Posts
    16,634
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    R.I.P.

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    California
    Posts
    11,774
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Oh my, so sad. Grete seemed like such a fantastic woman. RIP.

    She's etched upon my mind, for certain.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    13,498
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42165
    She was a great champion; and a courageous person.
    RIP.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Gwyneth Paltrow Fan Club headquarters
    Posts
    17,272
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    29999
    Oh my, I didn't even realize she was ill. She, Joan Samuelson, and Ingrid Kristiansen were all really inspirational runners.
    You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"

  10. #10
    Prick Admin
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Having a kiki
    Posts
    42,373
    vCash
    506
    Rep Power
    25256
    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Oh my, I didn't even realize she was ill.
    She was for quite a while. I believe she was diagnosed in 2005 (?). I remember seeing an interview with her at the World Athletics Championships where she had established a foundation to raise money for cancer care.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    'Me so ashamed of my English'
    Age
    31
    Posts
    18,016
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0


    Loved Grete. She was a sensational athlete. Her legacy will live on, but...57 is so young.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,131
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    813
    very sad - she was a great champion. she continued to run and support the New York marathon long after she was the favorite to win it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •