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— The Daily Collegian Wednesday, July 28, 1976
Takes surprise silver medal
Pre-race obscurity aided Shine
Mike Shine, the Penn State hurdler who won an
Olympic silver medal last Sunday, didn’t mind
being ignored by the press and the public before the
“My low-keyed profile helped me,” said the 1976
graduate yesterday from his home in Youngsville,
Shine was largely ignored by track experts in the
400 meter intermediate hurdles race. ABC-TV
commentator O.J. Simpson thought that Shine was
lucky to even make the race.
This irritated Shine. “I don’t think O.J. is any kind
of authority on track and field,” he said.
Apparently not, for Shine finished second to
Morehouse State’s Edwin Moses thereby gaining a
precious silver medal for a disappointing American
“In a way, it helped,” he said of his pre-race
obscurity. “It took the pressure off. A lot of people
were looking over me. It allowed me to relax.”
Shine had to beat quite a bit of talent to get to
Montreal. He faced Olympic veterans Ralph Mann
and Jim Bolding in the trials held in Eugfene,
Oregon last month. But Shine wasn’t awed by all
that experience and prestige. “They were getting
up there in age. They were 26-27, which is pretty old,
and they had dropped out of the scene for a while.
“I felt I had as good a chance as any of them.”
When Shine got to Montreal, he wasn’t seen as a
real contender for any type of medals in the 400
meter event. Uganda’s John Akii-Bua, the 1972
winner of the Olympic event, was the favorite.
Moses and Quentin Wheeler, who defeated Shine in
the NCAA finals were rated more highly than him.
But Akii-Bua’s country withdrew from the games
along with a multitude of other African nations
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This eliminated the favorite from the race. But
Shine didn’t feel the same way the ‘experts’ felt
concerning the Ugandan’s track superiority.
“There were rumors that John Akii-Bua was
injured,” related Shine. “On top of that, he was four
years older. I was considering him as a contender,
but not as stiff as everyone made him out to be.”
“It was too bad his country had to withdraw,”
said Shine. Shine politely declined to go into any
more of the politics that plagued the Olympics.
After the race ended, Shine was seen oh national
TV with the gold medalist, Moses, chatting, waving
his arms, and laughing the whole length of his
The heart-warming scene had been viewed by just
about everyone but Shine. He’s seen only parts of
the post-race antics on the Olympic scoreboard.
And then he didn’t pay much attention to the screen.
Shine’s second place time was 48.69, his best ever
and 1.05 seconds behind Moses (or three strides).
Before the race, Shine wasn’t about his
time. Only with his place. But he figured something
in the low 48’s would take it.
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Shine has entered International competition
before and he believed this was a tremendous help
in preparation for his Olympic race. “My three
years of international competition definitely helped
get my mind together.”
Wheeler, the NCAA 400 hurdles champ didn’t
have any of this international experience, and the
inability to keep ‘cool’ with all the pressure might
have cost him a medal. “I think that’s what hap
pened to Wheeler,” said Shine.
Returning the day after to his hometown, the
silver medal winner was greeted with a parade in
his honor. Later next month the town will hold a
testimonial dinner in his behalf.
With all the well-deserved recognition, Shine
might have a difficult time maintaining his humble
outlook. But he’ll try his hardest not to let it happen.
“I hope it.doesn’t change me at all. I think I’ve
learned to accept what has happened to me,”
(referring to his earlier track notoriety).
He’ll have time to think about his extraordinary
accomplishments the rest of the summer here at
Penn State. He said he is writing a paper with Dr.
John Lucas on his experiences since the Central
Collegiate Track Meet in Michigan up to through his
This fall he will be student teaching in West Shore,
. Pa., a town near Harrisburg.
Shine hopes to be invited to a USA-Russian track
meet scheduled in early August in College Park,
Maryland. His chances of participating are in doubt
since the two best hurdlers in the Olympic trials,
Moses.andWheeler, have qualified to go.
But with the entire country and the press on his
side, the rules might be changed for Mike Shine.
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