Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine

Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed playersSI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed players
SI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)
SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)