But Muldowney's competitive instincts resurface when Danica Patrick is mentioned. "I think she is the best thing to happen to Indy car racing in 30 years, but I'm a drag racer," Muldowney says. "I certainly didn't have Danica's style, but I had the fight in me." --J.L.
Now an agent, he still regrets missing Moscow
NO ONE was more devastated by the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games than Renaldo Nehemiah. In 1979 "Skeets" had twice broken the world record in the 110-meter hurdles, running a 13.16 and a 13.00, marking him as the clear favorite for the gold. "The government took away so freely what I was doing," he says. "I still regret it, but I've moved on." A year after the Olympics, Nehemiah became the first man to break 13 seconds, blazing to a 12.93. Then he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a wide receiver, and in 40 games over three seasons he caught 43 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns. Nehemiah returned to track in 1986 but retired in 1992 without an Olympic or world championship medal.
Now 46, Nehemiah is the agent for U.S. Olympians Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin, who last summer in Athens won, respectively, a silver in the women's 200 and a gold in the men's 100, and Canadian 100-meter hurdler Perdita Felicien, who fell in Athens. "I told her I am proof," says Nehemiah, "that an Olympic medal does not define you." --J.M.
FACES IN THE CROWD
Whatever became of that hula hoop champ?