May 2, 2014, 9:15 AM EST
Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile nearly 60 years ago, said he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago in a radio interview.
“I am having troubles with walking, so I do have difficulties,” Bannister, a former neurologist, said on BBC Radio Oxford. “Ironically, it’s a neurological disorder, Parkinson’s, but I’m being well looked after, and I don’t intend to let it interfere with my other activities as much as I can.”
Bannister, 85, ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds at Oxford on May 6, 1954, to become the first person to break the four-minute barrier. He also finished fourth in the 1500m at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and won gold medals in the 1954 Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
“Life has its physical challenges, and I’ve not been free of other illness, but I take every day as it comes,” Bannister said. “The pleasure that I see is, much of it, directed towards what my grandchildren are achieving.
“As I once said when someone was commiserating with me, having this illness, I said, ‘But just consider the alternatives,'” Bannister said. “That’s the way I look at it.”
Dec 28, 2014, 1:32 PM EST
Shiffrin gave up her lead after the first run but hung on for third in foggy conditions.
Dec 28, 2014, 8:56 AM EST
Wieber hasn’t competed since the London Olympics.
Dec 28, 2014, 8:47 AM EST
Ganong became the third U.S. man to win this season.
Dec 28, 2014, 8:26 AM EST
Machida, 24, surprisingly made the announcement after finishing fourth at the Japanese Championships.
Dec 28, 2014, 7:28 AM EST
Russia selects three women for European Championships, but neither of its Sochi Olympians.
Dec 26, 2014, 1:25 PM EST
Several stories kept our attention throughout the year.
Dec 25, 2014, 3:56 PM EST
A fake wolf, a prom crasher and #Karching.
Dec 24, 2014, 1:35 PM EST
The milestone, emotional and viral images from 2014.
Dec 23, 2014, 2:47 PM EST
A scene with Adolf Hitler was shot and cut from the final version.
Dec 23, 2014, 12:35 PM EST
As Katie Ledecky reeled off world records, other Olympic stars struggled through adversity.
Dec 23, 2014, 10:46 AM EST
The two cities, separated by 600 miles, shared the 2011 Asian Winter Games.
Dec 23, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
Suit has been missing since the night of the 2000 Opening Ceremony.
Dec 22, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
Finland’s Samu Torsti slid while wrapped in a banner for 25 seconds.
Dec 22, 2014, 12:19 PM EST
A sport-by-sport breakdown of what we learned in Sochi and beyond.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:07 AM EST
Austrian becomes oldest woman to win a World Cup race.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:37 AM EST
The two-man battle for giant slalom supremacy continues.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:37 PM EST
Humphries, Meyers Taylor finished 15th, 16th out of 17 sleds.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:27 PM EST
Rio’s main Olympic Park will be half the size of London’s Olympic Park.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:40 AM EST
Background on the woman whose record Vonn is close to breaking.
Dec 19, 2014, 2:27 PM EST
Rome 2024 bid could include events in Vatican City.
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