Some great photos on the NYT site by Steven Sutton of the 1972 Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. 

In 1972, I was in Eugene, Ore., photographing my first United States Olympic track and field trials. I was 23.

The events at Eugene, the site of this year’s trials, were timed with handheld stop watches, giving times in tenths of a second, rather than the thousandths of a second achieved by today’s automatic electronic digital timers. The finish line was a thin piece of string; anything thicker interfered with the photo-finish picture and the revolutionary automatic timing being tested.

I have photographed track and field events around the world for almost 50 years. The photographs here are among those I took at the trials, an event I consider one of the top five I have been to and photographed. (The ice hockey game between the United States and the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., tops that list.)

Let’s hear it for cool looking hippie athletes!

More photos here

Source: NYT