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blood, sweat...and big gears
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.''
- Muhammad Ali
So sorry to hear about your families loss. I met you momentarily at JackRabbit about a year ago.
Anyway, I'm participating in the swim across america, raising money for cancer research. It seems particularly appropriate to bring up the swim in light of Doug's passing. The event is towards the end of July in the Long Island sound.
For anyone interested in participating, the url is whttp://www.swimacrossamerica.org
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Reflecting on what an impact Doug made on those who've met him, AND those who haven't, is a testimony to how great Doug is.
One of Doug's greatest talents was making difficult things seem so easy, and he did it in such a unique way.
Doug Stern is great because he is ___ DOUG STERN...
Deepest sympathy for the Stern Family.
~Daniel G. (NY/NJ)
One more time...
"Daniel???? These are your eyes and this is your left hand!!! I want you to SEE your left hand enter the water!!!" (Doug Stern @ Columbia Prep Pool)
"Where is your left foot? Yes!! On your left leg! Now make it kick!!!" ~ (Doug Stern @ Columbia Prep School Pool)
Doug was such a great person to have around here. Always offering tips and advice without ever soliciting anything.
He will be greatly missed.
Seeing him in deep torment, I said. " You can have my last GU , but its been down my pants for most of the run". - John Hirsch
Take care of your body, its by far the coolest thing you're going to ever own.- Can't remember who told me this, but I love it.
A memorial will be held in honor of
Thursday June 28
1 Ė 3 pm
Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue @ 91st Street
Friends and family will be gathering immediately following the memorial at
2373 Broadway btw 86th and 87th Streets
3rd floor Duplex room
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation in honor of Doug to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:
Person being honored: Doug Stern
Program/Area of research: Kidney Cancer
Lynnís name: Lynn Chapman-Stern
Lynnís email: firstname.lastname@example.org
700 Columbus Ave., Apt 9J
New York, NY 10025
Only knew Doug through reading his posts here, but he had the "lightbulb" way of explaining things. You know, the kind where you read his post and said...."Duh, now I get it!" The best part is that he was willing to freely share that gift and explain, often in reply to followup questions, with extreme patience. That kind of selflessness is not seen too much these days, but he always had it.
Deepest condolences to your family and friends from our family.
It is a loss for all of us. Doug was a tremendous person, a phenominal motivator and teacher.
He will truly be missed by many, myself included.
I am glad to have met him and known him, I am all the richer for the experience.
float , hammer , and jog
Where ever you are Doug, I hope you've found that perfect swim stroke.
You will be missed.
My deepest sympathies to you and all your family.
Francois-Xavier Li @FrancoisLi
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw
discipline at the same time. Doug's familiar matra, "David get off the wall!" is forever ingrained in my memory. So is Doug, We will miss him greatly. My thoughts to his family.
You probably don't remember me; I waved hi to you each time you buzzed me into Columbia Prepís pool. I took several of your dad's swim courses and learned to swim faster and injury-free under his tutelage. I will always remember him as a very enthusiastic, funny and wise person.
One time in particular, I had a really really bad day at work. So bad that I just wanted to go home and cry, not swim. He told me that once I walked into the pool area, the rest of the day is behind me and that while Iím in his class, I am in a Ďsafe environment.í After that lesson, I walked out with a smile, which I didnít think I could manage just two hours prior. On top of this, he suggested three people from his swimming classes I can get in touch with for other job opportunities. And he even gave me valuable life advice. He was so selfless, good-hearted and giving. This is just one example of how amazing your dad was, and there are thousands of people out there who could list more.
My heart goes out to your whole family. This is very very sad news. I, like the rest of Dougís friends and fans, believed that Doug will make it through and will be making jokes for many years to come. My condolences.
Words cannot express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I knew Doug for 14 years and he has been a big part of my life.
Doug took what could have just been a class and nurtured a community. He knew everyone's name and what our latest injury was. And
most importantly, got us to laugh about it. I have made very close friends in his classes over the years and have seen you and Zac grow up.
I will miss him terribly.
1st Place, 50-55 2018 USAT Duathlon Sprint Duathlon National Championships, National Champion; 2nd Place Overall, 2018 Virginia Duathlon; 3rd Place, 50-54, 9th overall, USAT Long Course Duathlon (Miamiman); 4th Place Masters, 10th overall, 2018 Kiawah Island 1/2 Marathon