searching for this image, of a female runner with extraordinarily powerful legs, for quite some time, but could never come up with just the right computer search terms to locate it.
I initially considered Grete Waitz, because I thought "marathon," but no. Then I tried various combinations of key words, believing that the image was from the 1980s, but had no luck. At one point I thought that Annie Leibovitz might have been the photographer and felt myself growing warm, but twas another dead end.
A computer search of Olympic female sprinters who won medals in the 1970s and 1980s? Some promising European names were on the list--how Inge and Lyudmilla started to ring ferocious bells--but no, again.
Then tonight I typed in "Helmut Newton woman running beach" and my heart started to beat, because of course it was he who had photographed the gorgeous Gayle Olinekova, who was, of all nationalities, a Canadian(!) who transplanted to California, where Mr. Newton took her photograph (below):
Olinekova (born Olinek) initially ran the 400-meter before becoming a marathoner Her runner's legs were everything I aspired toward in my teen years, with their balance of muscularity and femininity. And these photos, from around 1981, taken when I was in Grade 10 or so, still inspire awe.