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Ralph Boston

Ralph Boston at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Ralph Harold Boston
Born May 9, 1939 (1939-05-09) (age 77)
Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint, hurdles, long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault,
Club Southern California Striders, Anaheim
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 yd – 9.6 (1964)
220 yd – 22.0 (1964)
120 ydH – 13.7 (1961)
HJ – 2.04 m (1962)
PV – 4.16 m (1960)
LJ – 8.35 m (1965)
TJ – 15.89 m (1964)[1]

I think I was more or less, convinced of that by just the press, the US press. By people who were pressuring you, saying that you gotta beat the Russian's, if you don't win anything else, win the Russian meet and so forth.
Ralph Boston
I think I tried to separate indoors and out. And so when he beat me indoors, I did not see that as letting anybody down, I saw it as a good head to head competition, and so it was. It was fine.
Ralph Boston
We could spend time together during the day and just kind of talk and enjoy each other and enjoy the moment. But it was interesting we both knew that once you walk through the gates of that stadium, then it was on, the game was on.
Ralph Boston
So you had to rev your engines, to beat the Russians and I think more than anything, if the Soviet team would win, or the Soviet athletes would win, you would see and hear and read about that. Quite frequently. So they would make a big issue of it.
Ralph Boston
Afraid no, I wasn't afraid but it was an unusual thing, it was an unusual feeling. It was an unusual atmosphere for me having grown up in this country and, and, and never seeing anything like that.
Ralph Boston
Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It's what you do after you cross the line that really counts.
Ralph Boston
To this day I don't ever remember seeing a pet inside Moscow, I never saw anyone carrying a dog, or leading a dog. Err I finally saw a, a pet some years later in Kiev, so I thought that life must have been, different.
Ralph Boston