Spivey Will Be Going to Atlanta
Alesia, Mark, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mark Alesia Daily Herald Sports Feature Writer
Under the hot sun late Tuesday afternoon at Wheaton College, a member of the Jim Spivey Running Club had red, white and blue Popsicles on ice for a post-workout celebration.
She was concerned they'd melt.
The 36-year-old Spivey's chances to end his career with a third berth in the Olympics had been in similar jeopardy since he finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Olympic Trials.
But if the third-place finisher, Ronnie Harris, had failed again to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard of 13 minutes, 29 seconds at a meet Monday night in Montreal, Spivey was in.
Late that night, after speaking at a cross country camp in Indianapolis, Spivey called his wife at their home in Glen Ellyn. She hadn't heard the results yet. About 10 minutes later, he tried one of his coaches, Mike Durkin, who had just gotten the word.
"Whaddya know?" Durkin said.
"Nothing," Spivey said.
"Well, I know. Guess what he ran."
The good way for Spivey. Harris' time was 13:59. So, hello, Atlanta for Spivey.
It will be the first time Spivey participates in an Olympic opening ceremonies. In 1984 and 1992, he stayed home to train because his event, the 1,500 meters, was late in the Games.
"From where I was in April, to make the Olympics is a great achievement," Spivey said. …