Let's go back to the breaststroke as the basic, and make the crawl an advanced course.
?Coach Mann sees no reason to turn back the clock: "After 55 years of teaching swimming, from beginners to Olympic champions, I say that the crawl stroke which I teach beginners is much easier to learn than any other stroke." At Mann's camp this summer, 105 out of 120 boys learned to swim a mile with the crawl.—ED.
Penny Baker is a man. You set water skiing back 10 years showing a picture of a girl (FACES IN THE CROWD, Aug. 8). Now everybody thinks a man who jumps 100 feet is a piker. Best a woman ever jumped in competition is 89 feet, by Nancie Rideout.
DALE ST. JOHN
Fall River Mills, Calif.
?Although no picture of a girl ever hurt water skiing, Penny Baker, the 18-year-old from Austin, Texas who set the new world mark of 150 feet, is very much a man.—ED.
TOUR DE FORCE
I would like to second Olympic trial winner Bob Tetzlaff's distaste for the ridiculous number of cyclists entered in the trials in New York (Tour de Pare Central, Aug. 1). This problem of overcrowding starting chutes has been plaguing important racing events for years.
Surely the best man cannot be expected to win when victory rests so heavily on escaping accident or injury.
Congratulations on all the cycling news you have been printing lately. With interest such as this we may someday be able to hold all bike races out in the open instead of in secret at shift-changing time.
Redondo Beach, Calif.
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
The only community-owned hydroplane in the world, with over 14,000 racing fans all over the U.S. holding a financial interest, and you left her name out of the field that battled each other so valiantly in Seattle's Seafair (I Will Drive Like I Drive, Aug. 8)!
The successful unlimiteds are either owned by large corporations or wealthy individuals who can spend many thousands on their big boats. But isn't there some consideration for Miss Spokane, a hydro whose shares are even held by children?
The Seattle Seafair trophy race could be the last race for the Lilac Lady, better known as Miss Spokane. Sink or swim, this boat has held the hearts of Inland Empire fans for several years. No trophies or cash awards have been won by her. But in recognition of a crew which has labored only for the love of this boat and of the thousands who gave to support her, you could have mentioned Miss Spokane.
VERNE W. ENOS