Long before they came back in smaller craft, the Spanish, the English and the French hoisted sails in the names of their crowns and pulled up the windy Columbia Gorge. Explorers first, they admired the sheer basalt cliffs, the towering pines and the plunging falls along her banks. As sailors, though, they took note of the strong wind in the Gorge.
Two University of Oregon graduates put on an impressive show during the opening days of the Olympic Track and Field Trials at historic Hayward Field in Eugene—with both men breaking records. Portland native Galen Rupp (class of 2008) set a new Olympic Trials record in the men’s 10,000 meters, and Ashton Eaton, a 2010 U of O graduate who grew up in Bend, set a new world record in the decathlon. This achievement is widely considered to garner the record holder the title “greatest athlete in the world.”