Monday, July 17, 2006

Even at 89, Zamperini still has life on the run - Daily Breeze
Louis Zamperini, the legendary miler/war hero from Torrance and USC, long ago proved he could go the distance.

Fresh out of Torrance High, where he set national records that lasted for years, he made the 1936 Olympic team in the 5,000-meter run and finished eighth at the Berlin Games. His best years were certainly ahead of him, as he proved while twice winning the NCAA mile (1938-39) and setting a national college record (4:08.3) that lasted 15 years.

Unfortunately for Zamperini, World War II ended his track career just when he might have evolved into the best miler in the world. But he proved his staying power and greatness in another way during the war...

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