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Remembering marathon legend Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz passed away Tuesday at age 57, leaving behind a legacy of world records and New York City Marathon triumphs that won't soon be forgotten. espnW's Sarah Spain remembers Waitz's journey to marathons and the inspirational path she forged.

Updated: April 21, 2011, 1:42 PM ET
By Sarah Spain

Grete Waitz, an Olympic silver medalist, World Championship gold medalist, two-time world record holder in the 3,000 meters and winner of a record nine New York City Marathons, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Waitz, 57, passed away in a hospital in her hometown of Oslo, with her husband Jack by her side. She steadfastly refused to describe her type of cancer over the years, preferring to remain private.

For all her many accomplishments, the graceful, blond-haired Waitz ...

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