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Gene Menez
December 15, 2006
For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things
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December 15, 2006

World Class

For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things

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APPEARED: JULY 14, 1958

WHAT WE SAID THEN: Unser roared up the twisting 12½-mile gravel road in a record 13:47.9 in the Jerry Unser Special and drove off with the Pike's Peak Hill Climb for the second time.

WHAT HE SAYS NOW: "I went on to win three Indy 500s, and I was national champion twice. FACES IN THE CROWD was the kick-start. After that, people recognize you.... It was a big, big thing for me."

Tiger Woods
GOLF

"I think about being in FACES IN THE CROWD each time I read through the magazine and see the latest kids in there," says Tiger Woods. "It brings back great memories."

Those memories include the first contact from his future college coach. "I saw Tiger's FACES item when I was the coach at Stanford," says Wally Goodwin, now the coach at Northern Colorado. "My wife [Nancy Goodwin, Sept. 7, 1987, Golf] had been a FACE IN THE CROWD. So I cut them both out and sent them to Tiger. Two weeks later I got a handwritten letter back from him."

Woods spent two years at Stanford before leaving for the PGA Tour in 1996, where he won twice in his first eight starts to become Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has won 12 majors, 54 PGA Tour events and become the most famous athlete of his generation.

Still, in one way Woods remains the modest kid who appeared in FACES. Back then, Woods thought being in SI was "a big deal," but he didn't show the article to anyone. As for his mother, he says, "that was a different story."

ORIGINAL ENTRY: Sept. 24, 1990

Tiger Woods
CYPRESS, CALIF. > Golf
Tiger, 14, shot a two-under-par 286 for 72 holes to win a national youth golf tournament at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He has also won five Junior World titles, including the Optimist International in San Diego last July.

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