Now That Rio’s Here, Take Time to Remember Proviso’s Own Olympian — Greg Foster

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Proviso East alum Greg Foster competing for Team U.S.A. at the 3rd World Athletics Championships Tokyo, Japan, August 1991. | Bob Thomas/Getty Images | Below photo: George Herringshaw via sporting-heroes.net

Foster .jpgTuesday, August 9, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free  

Greg Foster, 58, once told a Chicago Tribune reporter, “I’m the most consistent athlete that ever lived.” A testament to the Proviso East alum’s greatness may be how the Tribune reporter responded in a 1993 article:

“There is more matter-of-factness than vanity in that declaration. Foster is justifiably proud of what he has accomplished, especially in having been ranked among the world’s top 10 hurdlers in 15 of the last 16 years. During that time, he has won nine titles in the Millrose Games, the most prestigious indoor track meet in the United States.”

And five of those years, between 1982 and 1991, Foster was ranked number one in the world. Foster, who won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, is also the only person to win three consecutive 110-meter hurdling championships at the IAAF World Championships in Athletic.

In 1998, Foster, a 1981 graduate of UCLA, was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. Read part of his induction bio below:

“The only major prize that eluded him was an Olympic gold medal. He came close in 1984, finishing second at the Los Angeles Games to Roger Kingdom of the U.S. In 1988, Foster broke his forearm prior to the Trials, competed nonetheless, but failed to gain a spot on the team. Four years later, at the 1992 Trials, he finished a non-qualifying fourth. Foster set world indoor hurdles records in 1986 and 1987. He was a member of 12 international teams, was the 1991 world indoor champion and the 1981 World Cup winner.”

You can read the entire Feb. 26, 1993 Tribune article here. VFP

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