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!