Tracy, who is also a hurdler and middle distance runner on the girls' track and field team—it seems the only sport this Tracy Austin doesn't play is tennis—admits she feels pressure with a game on the line. But she still is more comfortable on the football field than on the pageant stage. "I wear cleats every day," says Tracy, "while heels are a rare occasion."
He Shall Return
Mark Twain's celebrated remark about quitting smoking—"It's easy; I've done it a thousand times"—pretty much captures Larry Holmes's attitude toward hanging up the gloves. Holmes, the former heavyweight champion (1978 to '85) who's now a 46-year-old grandfather, announced his most recent retirement, his eighth by our count, on Father's Day (SCORECARD, June 3), right after an eighth-round knockout of Anthony Willis in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Now, in a shocking development, Holmes has decided to return to the ring. The Easton Assassin plans to challenge Brian Nielsen of Denmark for the International Boxing Organization belt on Jan. 24 in Copenhagen.
One year and a couple of retirements ago, Holmes said, "If I'm fighting next year, you can say, 'Larry, I've come to the conclusion you're nuts.' " Well, Larry, we've come to the conclusion.... Ah, never mind.