The Olympics were opened to professionals after the 1984 Games, which meant running-shoecompanies could bring the distance-running savages out of the wilderness and onto the payrollreservation. The puzzling conclusion: the more cushioned the shoe, the less protection it provides. We鈥檇 just arrived in Batopilas, an ancient mining town tucked eight thousand feet below the lip ofthe canyon. It was founded four hundred years ago when Spanish explorers discovered silver ore inthe stony river, and it hasn鈥檛 changed much since then. It鈥檚 still a tiny strip of houses hugging theriverbank, a place where burros are as common as cars and the first telephone was installed whenthe rest of the world was programming iPods. 操你啦|操你啦日日操|操你啦操bxx|操你啦影院|操你啦在线影院 Visualization 鈥?empathy 鈥?abstract thinking and forward projection: aside from the keeling-overpart, isn鈥檛 that exactly the mental engineering we now use for science, medicine, the creative arts? This time, the Tarahumara weren鈥檛 two lonely tribesmen adrift in a sea of Olympians. Theyweren鈥檛 five confused villagers in awful canvas sneakers who hadn鈥檛 run since the road wasbulldozed into their village. This time, they were locked into a formation they鈥檇 practiced sincechildhood, with wily old vets up front and eager young bucks pushing from behind. They weresure-footed and sure of themselves. They were the Running People. Zatopek bald, self-coached thirty-year-old apartment-dweller from a decrepit Eastern Europeanbac(was) kw(a) ater when he arrived for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Since the Czech teamwas so thin, Zatopek had his choice of distance events, so he chose them all. He lined up for the5,000 meters, and won with a new Olympic record. He then lined up for the 10,000 meters, andwon his second gold with another new record. He鈥檇 never run a marathon before, but what the hell;with two golds already around his neck, he had nothing to lose, so why not finish the job and giveit a bash?