Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Barry Magee: Olympic Legend

Welcome to the first episode of the Olympic Legends Podcast!  My guest today is Barry Magee, the Bronze Medalist from the 1960 Marathon in Rome.

Barry hails from New Zealand, and he has had a long, distinguished career as a versatile runner of many distances including the mile, 5K, 10K, and the marathon.  He was a protégé of legendary coach Arthur Lydiard (considered by many to be the greatest running coach of all time), and at the age of 81 he is still active in coaching people of all ages in the Lydiard Way.  In addition to his bronze medal, he competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and set a host of other national and international records throughout his career.

I had a great time talking to Barry for about an hour, but just as we were finishing up, technology reared its ugly head and sadly the record of our conversation was lost.  I remembered much of what we talked about, so I summarized it monologue-style for the first part of the podcast, and when I called him back after our call dropped, he was kind enough to talk to me for a few additional minutes, so at least you can at least hear him speak for a little bit.

0:01 - Introduction
1:59 - My summary of the lost conversation
12:37 - Barry joins in
20:05 - Epilogue
21:02 - End of the show

The embedded player works best in Google Chrome.  You can also download the mp3 by clicking here.

Additional Links:
A great profile of Barry on the "Becky Runs Away" blog.
Barry's Running School's website where he mentors New Zealand runners young and old
The New Zealand National Anthem by Hayley Westenra.  For my money, this is the #1 national anthem in the world.  Other favorite anthems on my list include Germany, England, Canada, the U.S., Spain, and Italy, but "God Defend New Zealand" is the most goosebump inducing of them all.


  1. Really enjoyed your profile - sounds like Barry was a lot of fun to talk with, and what an inspiration for others, runners or not. Way to handle the technological snafu -- here's hoping the tech gods will smile on you from now on. Looking forward to more!

  2. I would have been so devastated if I had lost the original audio I don't think I would have had the motivation to continue. Nicely done summary and then calling him back with some closing thoughts. I'd never heard of this guy before but presume he's in his 70s by now. There were some pixelated moments in the audio at a couple of intervals but I'm not sure if it was my computer's buffering issues or something at your end. Looking forward to the next one.

    1. Thanks for listening. It was a bummer to lose the audio but it doesn't take away from the fun I had talking to him (and he's now 81 years old). There are some sound issues (not just your computer) and I imagine that's the way it will be from here on out given my lack of recording equipment and expertise -- adds to the low-budget feel of it!

  3. Great interview, Nick. Things will get easier as you work out the technical issues. Keep going. I can't wait to hear who you talk with next!

  4. Nick you have a wonderful conversational style. Your voice is well-suited to the airwaves. Hope you have better luck with Garageband or another software. I love your sense of humor. I'll be singing the Olympic theme in my head!