the Olympics, in 1973, Dave did become the second fastest American and
#3 individual all-time in the Mile with Steve Prefontaine doing his pace
work. He clocked a swift 3:53.3, and Jim Ryun’s world record 3:51.1 was
the only American time faster, while Pre ran a 3:54.6, his PR, so all
I’m saying had Pre run 3:52, well, I guess you know where I’m going
here. Dave was a Miler and rarely lost one in his time.” – Rick
Schnittker, Wottle’s BGSU teammate and best man in a BBTM featured article.
2014 comes to a close we took a look at our website traffic to see what
news articles and athletes reigned supreme. Since our launch in January
2012, the bringbackthemile.com website traffic has grown every year,
and overall, 2014 has been the best year to-date for visits to our site.
the most read stories to the top athletes viewed on the website, our
lists provide a window into what was popular in 2014. The Dave Wottle
article on the 800m legend actually being a Miler published just a few
weeks ago topped our charts, while we found that even in retirement, Alan Webb still garners a lot of interest in the sport and beyond. Not surprisingly, Louis Zamperini was our most viewed athlete overall with the international debut of Unbroken. And while the current crop of women Milers dominated the Men as a group, led by Gabe Grunewald, no one in the end could match Will Leer‘s beard.