Steve Prefontaine. He was never the fastest , and a running legend. To me he is a benchmark of what it means to be true to oneself. He died a tragic death at the age of 24; with so much left to give. He was the first Nike athlete at the time when the business was struggling. To him it was much more than just winning. He was known to be upfront, to be a heart-breaker, to be a rebel. To be legendary. He had turned down a fortune and risked living in poverty in order to compete in the Olympics. His competition knew he showed up to dominate, not to compete. Prefontaine once said, “Someone may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” He never compromised his ideals sometimes to a fault. If you look closely through his life you might see glimpses of vulnerability. His allure came from his brash and upfront personality and running style. It was unconventional and risky. He rebelled against the AAU and fought for athletes at the time when American athletes were taken advantage of. He was a rebel with a cause. He is an example of a masculine figure which we lack today. A true legend.