In the late s, veteran track and field coach Bill Bowerman was dissatisfied with available running spikes , which were constructed of weighty leather and metal. His quest wound up redefining athletic footwear. He fought in World War II and came back a decorated hero. Olympic track coach in Bill Bowerman with an Oregon track athlete circa Building a better shoe Bill Bowerman at a Eugene lab circa
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Bill Bowerman innovated incessantly to achieve athletic excellence. The Coach Bill Bowerman was an Oregonian through and through. Born in Portland, he attended the nearby University of Oregon, where he initially entered as a football player not a track athlete, as many assume.
Later, he returned to the U of O to coach track and field, where he led the team to four NCAAl titles and coached 16 sub-four-minute milers. He went on to serve as the assistant track coach for the Mexico City Olympic Games and as the head coach for the Munich Olympic Games.
It was during his time at Oregon that Bowerman starting tinkering with running shoes, convinced he could improve them for his athletes. Little did he know, he was starting what would become part of his legacy: changing the running shoe as we know it. The Person Bowerman was the ultimate innovator, constantly iterating to improve shoes for his runners. He was ambitious, persistent and valued hard work; he constantly pushed those around him, accepting nothing less than the best from his athletes and their shoes.
He contacted many of the leading athletic footwear companies with suggestions for improvements. Each was eager to sell shoes to Bowerman, but not so willing to listen to ideas. Finally, he took matters into his own hands. Unsatisfied with the response from these companies, Bowerman set out to make his own. The Innovator With guidance from a local cobbler, Bowerman learned how to make shoes. You learn patterns of make and the basics of material science.
And you find guinea pigs. At least, this is what Bill Bowerman did. By , he began using his Oregon runners as wear testers of his odd, one-of-a-kind concoctions. One of his first creations was for a distance runner from Portland, none other than Phil Knight.
They will be ready for you when school starts. This moment took place on a Sunday in early , when the eventual Nike company co-founder opened up his waffle iron and dumped a glop of liquid urethane in an attempt to explore a new traction idea.
Ever since, Nike has used it as a source of inspiration and validation for Nike culture and identity. Though the materials and methods have long been dated, the episode set the mold for all innovation processes Nike uses today: identify a problem and consider any idea to solve it. Fail initially, learn, and, through iteration, solve the problem in a new way.
As a graduating MBA student writing a business plan, Knight wondered if he could bring Japanese shoes—known for blending durability and lightweight design—to the United States and start selling them to major track programs around the country. Bowerman loved the idea. In addition to buying shoes from Knight, Bowerman suggested the two become partners and that Bowerman would supply Knight and Japanese brand Onitsuka with his design innovations. With Bowerman on board, Knight knew he would gain credibility and learn from a design mind obsessed with product improvement.
So, they shook hands and Blue Ribbon Sports—the company that became Nike—was born. From the outset, business began to grow. Meanwhile, Bowerman began sharing his design ideas with Onitsuka, which took his input and sent prototypes to the University of Oregon for runners to test.
Bowerman analyzed the wear on the shoes and sent directions back to Japan for further modifications. This process ultimately led to the development of the now-famous Cortez running shoe, among others.
Ideas like a heel wedge to reduce stress on the Achilles tendon and the first use of a full-length cushioning midsole were Bowerman innovations that quickly became industry standards. Nike designer Golnaz Armin started with this simple design challenge: Could we find a way to use this waste in a new shoe?
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Bill Bowerman innovated incessantly to achieve athletic excellence. The Coach Bill Bowerman was an Oregonian through and through. Born in Portland, he attended the nearby University of Oregon, where he initially entered as a football player not a track athlete, as many assume. Later, he returned to the U of O to coach track and field, where he led the team to four NCAAl titles and coached 16 sub-four-minute milers. He went on to serve as the assistant track coach for the Mexico City Olympic Games and as the head coach for the Munich Olympic Games. It was during his time at Oregon that Bowerman starting tinkering with running shoes, convinced he could improve them for his athletes.
Jogging track in Hong Kong Jogging is running at a gentle pace,  its definition, as compared with running, is not standard. Running is sometimes defined as requiring a moment of no contact to the ground, whereas jogging often sustains the contact. At that point, it usually meant to leave. The idea of jogging as an organised activity was mooted in a sports page article in The New Zealand Herald in February , which told of a group of former athletes and fitness enthusiasts who would meet once a week to run for "fitness and sociability".