Jan. 5, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS - In 2004, USA Track & Field will celebrate its 25th anniversary as an independent, national governing body (NGB). In 1979, The Athletics Congress - later renamed USATF - became the NGB for track & field and held its first Annual Meeting, in Las Vegas.
To help mark the 25th anniversary, track & field fans can join USA Track & Field in selecting the top 25 moments in American track and field during the past 25 years. Fans can now nominate what they consider to be the top moments in the sports of track & field, long distance running, and race walking by visiting www.usatf.org. (An initial list of nominations is below, including Bruin greats Evelyn Ashford, Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner- Kersee, Gail Devers, Mike Powell and Kevin Young.)
Nominations can include any 'moment' on or off the field of play in any of the sport's disciplines, at any level - from youth to masters. Events must have occurred between 1979-2004. They need not have taken place at a USATF event, but all athletic performances must have been recorded by an American athlete. Nominations will be open until February 22. From February 28 through June 20, fans can vote for their favorite moment.
Beginning the week of June 28, the Top 25 moments will be announced, one per week, in reverse order. At the opening general session of the 2004 USATF Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore., the top 3 moments will be announced.
The top 25 moments will be selected by a panel of the sport's experts, in conjunction with fan voting.
Below is a list of initial nominations for the 25 greatest moments of the past 25 years.