THE FEEL OF THE KICK
"Sometimes the kick looks good, but you feel no thrust. If this is so, don't worry about it. Propulsion is truly secondary" (Teach Your Child to Swim, June 27). My whole family would like to know what you do to get propulsion after you have perfected the kick.
?"The propelling force of the kick depends largely on the limpness and flexibility of the foot in the water—qualities that come with practice and more practice," says SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's swimming teacher, Matt Mann. "At first, beginners are inclined to put too much emphasis on kicking down in such a way that the foot is too stiff to offer much propulsion. You've got to feel that you're lifting the foot up, then letting it drop down, mostly from its own weight, instead of kicking it down. The whole body should be relaxed in a stretched position."—ED.
SHADE OF THE RAINBOW
We see her shadow holding back Rainbow Bridge's great buttress (19TH HOLE, June 27), but who is she—this long-armed, frowsy-haired, C-cupped maiden of the gulch?
?Who else but Rainbow Brigitte?—ED.
MR. & MRS. OWENS
As a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Owens for over 30 years, I feel your remarks about their home are very degrading (The Dalton Gang Rides Again, June 13).
Mr. and Mrs. Owens are respected members of our community. Mr. Owens has worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. Mrs. Owens has contributed much toward establishing a good home for their children.
I, for one, hope that you extend apologies to this fine couple.
? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED deeply regrets it was misinformed about Harry Owens and his wife, a hard-working and highly respected Pennsylvania couple.—ED.
Whatever became of Don Bowden (Ron and Don by the Sea, March 28)?
New York City
?Olympic hopeful Bowden was knocked out of contention in the Quantico, Va. armed forces championships by a torn Achilles' tendon.—ED.