Over Life's Hurdles

Feb. 12, 2007
Feb. 12, 2007

Table of Contents
Feb. 12, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Pro Football
Pro Baseball
The Knicks

Over Life's Hurdles

After a hiatus to have a baby and celebrate her 40th birthday, Gail Devers returns in style

IT SEEMS thatGail Devers has found the secret to prolonging her stellar career: give birth,take two years off, turn 40. Simple. Last Friday night Devers, winner of threeOlympic gold medals, burst back into the track spotlight with an unexpectedvictory in the 60-meter hurdles at the 100th Millrose Games. "Peoplethought I went away," said Devers after the race. "I always knew Icould come back."

This is an article from the Feb. 12, 2007 issue Original Layout

Devers hadscarcely been seen on the international stage since failing to finish her heatof the 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Olympics. On June 20, 2005, Devers gavebirth to daughter Karsen and took six months off. She returned for a cameo atthe '06 Millrose Games but ran a plodding 8.13. Her time of 7.86 seconds atthis year's Millrose was the best in the world in the current indoor seasonuntil Sweden's Susanna Kallur ran 7.85 one day later.

Devers had alwaysbeen plagued by injuries. Reporters asking, "How are you?" could expecta response that sounded like dialogue from ER. Now she says she is healthy."The best healing," she says, "is time off." She trains inAtlanta with Danielle Carruthers, 27, whom Devers also coaches. Devers won'tcommit to a long-term schedule, but every race is an audition. She is runningwithout a major apparel or shoe sponsor and looking to make a deal that wouldenable her to brand her own logo on products.

PHOTOFRANK FRANKLIN II/AP (DEVERS)GETTING BETTER Devers improved on her 2006 Millrose time by more than a quarter of a second.