Steve Prefontaine

1951 - 1975

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Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an US-American long-distance runner who from 1973 to 1975 set American records at every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. He competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics, and was preparing for the 1976 Olympics with the Oregon Track Club at the time of his death in 1975. Prefontaine's career, alongside those of Jim Ryun, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers, generated considerable media coverage, which helped inspire the 1970s "running boom". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Steve Prefontaine has received more than 3,391,650 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Steve Prefontaine is the 1,347th most popular athlete (down from 959th in 2019), the 9,221st most popular biography from United States (down from 8,550th in 2019) and the 244th most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Steve Prefontaine ranks 1,347 out of 6,025Before him are Ion Drîmbă, Ferenc Németh, Felix Gottwald, Inge Helten, Kaarlo Kangasniemi, and Juan Rodríguez. After him are Harald Julin, Freddie Wolff, Roberto Larraz, Gwen Torrence, Clyde King, and Arvid Knöppel.

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Among people born in 1951, Steve Prefontaine ranks 479Before him are Helen Zille, Carlo Vanzina, Haruki Uemura, Bernhard Germeshausen, Peabo Bryson, and Bootsy Collins. After him are Terrence Mann, Seasick Steve, Jean-Louis Borloo, Nenad Stekić, Scott Gorham, and Mammootty. Among people deceased in 1975, Steve Prefontaine ranks 233Before him are Per-Erik Hedlund, August Dvorak, Minta Durfee, Evelyn Brent, Erzsébet Schaár, and Kay Johnson. After him are Anatoly Blagonravov, Frithjof Sælen, Alfred Neveu, Joseph Calleia, Lionel Tertis, and Roberto Cortés.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Steve Prefontaine ranks 9,221 out of 20,380Before him are Jonathan Togo (1977), Rachel Nichols (1980), Hugo Black (1886), Richard Grieco (1965), Joyce DiDonato (1969), and Anjanette Comer (1939). After him are Keith Andes (1920), Tony Hillerman (1925), Adam Goldberg (1970), Jeanne Cooper (1928), Jim Hanks (1961), and Terrence Mann (1951).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Steve Prefontaine ranks 244Before him are Albert White (1895), Randy Barnes (1966), Vincent Matthews (1947), Barney Ewell (1918), Richard Lawrence (1906), and Commodore Cochran (1902). After him are Gwen Torrence (1965), Clyde King (1898), Daniel Kelly (1883), John Brinck (1908), John Anderson (1907), and Jesse Mashburn (1933).