Gail Devers turns the Big Four-O, still in the game

Yolanda Gail Devers, the ageless Olympian who still strikes fear into fellow hurdlers’ hearts, turned 40 today. She hasn’t competed since early 2006 (partly because she became a Mom for the first time in 2005). But she also vowed she would utter the R-word (retirement) only once, and she still hasn’t. A return to the track in 2007 is expected. Gail is acutely aware that her archrival in sprints, Merlene Ottey, is still going strong at age 46, so don’t close the book on our new W40 kid. Go, Gail!

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November 19, 2006