One Sports Illustrated writer thought the marathoning miner deserved the award.
Freed Chilean miner Edison Pena was recently nominated for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” award.
“Some run for health. Others run for vanity. Edison Peña ran for control,” wrote Richard Deitsch on the magazine’s Web site. Pena had been trapped with his colleagues for 69 days 2,300 feet below the surface of the earth. Enduring intense heat, Pena ran twice a day in the mine shaft to keep his mind and body healthy. After his rescue, Pena, 33, was invited by the New York Road Runners to run the ING New York City Marathon earlier this month. In a memorable finish, he crossed the line under six hours. “In this marathon I struggled,” Pena said afterwards. “I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line.”
“No finer words were spoken in sports in 2010,” concluded Deitsch.
The magazine ended up selecting NFL quarterback Drew Brees for the award.
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