Each of these five sports has a fairly wide base in the U.S. But in the past there has been so little effort and money spent to encourage top rowers, cyclists and gymnasts to train and compete in non-Olympic years that many of these athletes simply chuck their sports before they reach their prime. How would the U.S. track and field team have done this year without Carl Lewis, Roger Kingdom, Edwin Moses, Florence Griffith Joyner. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, et al., who were able to stay in the sport after the 1984 Olympics thanks to the various shoe contracts and appearance fees available to outstanding performers in their sport? That sort of financial assistance must be arranged for the so-called minor sports as well. Over the next four years, that should be the USOC's mandate.