pained at Seidler's form, her slow deep bend at the knees before launching
herself across the ring. He wants a shallower, quicker start, a snapping
summation of forces. "It's just a dance step," he says, "and you're
a hell of a dancer."
right," she says. "I still use the form I developed from weakness. At
least now I have a sense of what's right. I'm starting to think of myself as an
She does 60-meter
sprints in 9.0, 8.9, 8.8. "I still don't much like running," she says,
flushed, "but look, I'm getting little baby hamstrings."
She does standing
long jumps, with Oldfield measuring each one. Seidler does 2.56 meters
(8'4¾"). Then she turns to standing triple jumps, which call for balance as
well as explosive leg power. She does 7.38 meters (24'1").
the Stanford coach who was the 1968 Olympic head coach, strolls by. "How's
it going, men?" he asks.
bat an eye. "Jumping well," she says.
As the shadows
lengthen and the Stanford athletes drift away, Seidler begins to do five-hop
series of frog leaps into the sand pit.
"My best for
these is 12.80 meters," she says. "What will you give me for
nickel," Oldfield volunteers.