He returned from Europe with a sore right ankle and, on doctor's orders, had to rest for three months. He didn't run again until Thanksgiving, but he lifted more weights than ever to strengthen and fill out his upper body.
Nehemiah didn't resume hurdling until Christmas. "His form had suffered somewhat," says Costello, "and we had to go back to very basic drills. For a while I was wondering whether he would be running indoors this year. And then he came back so very quickly. I know I'm handling pure gold."