C.K. Yang

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I just found that C.K. Yang died on January 31 from complications from a stroke. When I was in high school and college I used to have a picture of Yang on my bulletin board because I had seen compete at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays and had been impressed with him. He was one of a few decathletes to score over 9,000 points on any scoring table. When I was in eighth grade there was a terrific hour long special on Yang and his UCLA teammate Rafer Johnson. They shared the same coach, Duck Drake, who was also the trainer at UCLA. There trained together everyday leading to the Olympics in 1960. Yang represented Formosa and Johnson the US. Johnson won the gold and Yang the silver in a great competition. It stuck me even as a thirteen year old how they had really helped each other. That is what competition is all about. They brought out the best in each other.
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Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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