Few people have done so well with opportunity as Johnson. Besides his capacity for almost total concentration and, therefore, total effort, Johnson adds the quick perception and grasp which make him an exceptional student to the techniques which make a great decathlon star. His high school coach, Murl Dodson, says, "You never have to worry about him. Anything you tell him, he'll do. You tell him once and that's all it takes."
Maybe the Russians had the last word in evaluating Johnson's performance at Moscow. In Trud, which, like all Soviet newspapers, reported the meet very objectively throughout, the account of Johnson's victory ended with, "This will dignify the history of world athletic records for a long time to come."
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