Los Angeles Times
He stepped to the podium, nervous in front of the tens of thousands at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and the millions watching on television. Awestruck, he began to speak: "In the name of all competitors," he said, "I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."
This was 25 years ago, the opening ceremony at the Olympics. This was Edwin Moses, as iconic a champion as existed that unforgettable summer, chosen to deliver the traditional Athlete's Oath that starts every Olympics because he stood for far more than wins and losses and fame.
"To this day, that oath really means everything to me," says Moses, who at 53 remains lean and lithe and bright-eyed. "Winning the gold was