We do not know how many Europeans, Asians and Africans stayed up late nights and thereafter won or lost. We do know that some Americans who shun nightlife lost and some who like late hours won. If excuses are needed, and we don't think they are, attribute some results to the Roman water rather than the Roman wine. Most of our athletes, equally with those of other nations, suffered from intestinal disorders. Others were overtrained and overworked, and in some cases they were a lot too sure of their superiority.
The plain fact is that we had many athletes on our team who were good enough to win, many who were not, and some who had the physical skills and attributes but not the mental poise. We shall try to do better next time, and we are doing pretty well this time.