In late January, Alan Webb announced he would retire from track and field and explore his career as a professional triathlete. Less than three months later, David Letterman announced he will retire from his hit CBS late night talk show in 2015. The two share a connection as Webb appeared on Letterman’s show after shattering Jim Ryun’s high school mile record.
We;ve gathered some clips of a few track and field stars sharing stories and laughs with Letterman over the years.
American Mile Record Holder Alan Webb
100 & 200 Meter World Record Holder, Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt
After setting three new world records and won three gold medals for Jamaica, Bolt sat down with Letterman after his herculean rise to popularity. Letterman asks Bolt about his height and how one trains to build speed.
Olympic Silver Medalist Erik Kynard
Letterman says he is a big fan of the high jump. Letterman discusses Kynard’s ventures into high jump and how he got started in the sport.
Decathlon World Record Holder, Olympic and World Champion Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton also appeared on the David Letterman show after winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London for the decathlon. (The video clip is currently marked as private on Youtube.)
American Marathoner Meb Keflezighi
Keflezighi won the 2009 New York City Marathon and made a stop at the “Late Show” to read off the Top Ten Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind While Running The New York City Marathon.
(The clip is no longer available on CBS’ archives, but Letterman did share a Top 10 Signs You’re Not Going to Win the New York City Marathon in 2010.)