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"You're on," said Snead.
Next morning Snead was first at the tee. An enclosed van pulled up and out stepped a 550-pound gorilla, wearing Bermuda shorts and carrying a golf bag.
"A bet is a bet," said Snead.
Snead slammed his first drive 300 yards down the middle. The gorilla took his putter and drove 423 yards to the green, the ball stopping a foot from the cup.
Snead hit a good approach shot and sank his putt for a birdie 3.
The gorilla took his putter again, lined up the putt and drove the ball 423 yards.
While the big Olympic show is going on before huge crowds in Rome's huge stadiums, the Olympic Village, temporary home of the 6,000 athletes, has become the offstage setting for a delightful little show of its own.
In the women's section, naturally called The Harem, officials have already rated the U.S. girls as the most ingenious (and the most scatterbrained). One group talked a bus driver into taking them to the beach instead of the musty old Baths of Caracalla for practice; other U.S. girls discovered that washing machines can be used as whirlpool baths for tired arms and legs, as well as lingerie, and a ban on shorts was" immediately thwarted by the wearing of a teentsy-weentsy ballerina skirt. The ban had been put on, U.S. officials said, because shorts were "offensive" to Italians. Their first check with Roman men, however, showed the girls the absurdity of that contention.
(During the opening-day ceremonies a dark-haired, ivory-skinned woman in a very low-cut dress stirred a riot of neck-craning as she moved to her seat in the stadium. "One of our Italian beauties," said a Roman smugly. "Sorry," corrected an American. "That's Liz Taylor.")