Abel Kiviat 1892 1991 was
one of track and field’s legendary personalities a world record holder of track and field’s legendary personalities a world record holder Olympic medalist n the metric mile A teenage prodigy he defeated Hall of Fame runners before his twentieth birthday Alan S Katchen brings Kiviat’s fascinating story to life and re creates a lost world when track and field was at the height of The Last Days of the Romanovs its popularity and occupying a central placen America’s sporting worldThe oldest of seven children of Moishe and Zelda Kiviat Jewish "Immigrants From Poland Abel Competed "from Poland Abel competed the Hebrew runner for New York’s famed Irish American Athletic Club and was elected ts captain Katchen’s engaging biography cen. .
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AND HIS SPORT FIRMLY IN THEhis sport firmly n the of American social history As a uintessential New Yorker Kiviat embodies the urban and ethnic roots of American track From his first schoolboy competitions on city playgrounds to his world records at Madison Suare Garden to his pioneering role as track’s press steward Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, in the age of emerging media Kiviat’s life reveals how his sport was shaped by the culture of the emerging metropolis New York Citys not only the setting for these developments but also a subject of the book The narration s enriched with brief portraits for these developments but also a subject of the book The narration enriched with brief portraits of track athletes ncluding Kiviat’s Olympic roommate. Jim Thorpe In addition Katchen offers a detailed account of the I AAC’s evolution Home-Ec 101 includingts close ties to the Tammany Hall political machine and sheds light on the rapid modernization of the sport and the ways t provided a vehicle for assimilation of working class mmigrant Finally Katchen explores the social origins of the deology
of amateurism and ts devastating mpact on kiviat’samateurism and ts devastating Shake, Rattle and Roll impact on Kiviat’s died at ninety nine just months short of carrying the torch for the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympics Abel Kiviat National Champion pays tribute to a remarkable athlete and the sport duringts most dynamic and celebrated