The U.S. pair skaters Vivian and Ronald Joseph placed fourth, 3/10 of a point behind third place and a bronze medal. The American judge marked them lower than many of the other judges, including the Russian judge. In the men's event another American judge placed Tommy Litz sixth in the free skating. No other judge except the Russian placed him lower than fourth.
It is well known that other judges give an advantage to their own countries' skaters, which is unfair. But isn't it worse to penalize our own skaters?
Will somebody please tell me what is wrong with the Olympic figure skating judges? In the men's competition, the German gold medal winner, in my opinion, deserved first place. But what really makes my hair stand on end is the ridiculous marks given the French entrant. He made at least six mistakes in his free skating and even fell on his rear end once. But he got higher marks than the United States entrant who skated an almost flawless program. I am sure there must be a lot of other people who saw this on television and agree with me.
While going through some old clippings, papers, etc., recently, I came across pages 7 and 8 torn from the Feb. 28, 1955 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. The reason for keeping the clipping was the MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER concerning the skiing accident on Jan. 30, 1955 to Jill Kinmont. In the memo an appeal was made for funds for her long hospitalization, etc. My husband and I made a small contribution at the time. Jill was almost assured of a place on the U.S. Winter Olympic team that year and since all sportsmen and women are thinking of Winter Olympics at this time I would like to know where she is, how she is, what she is doing, etc. Am sure there are a number of others among your readers who would appreciate this information.
CAROLYN J. MCCRAITH
?Jill, now 27, lives with her family in Renton, Washington. Though still paralyzed, she completed an A.B. in German at UCLA in 1961 and is working toward a teaching certificate at the University of Washington. She specializes in the field of remedial education and will begin practice teaching in April.—ED.
After reading The Sling of the Louisville Lip (SI, Feb. 17) I can only say "3 cheers for Tex Maule." It's about time someone gave Cassius Clay the credit he deserves. As for Liston, if an ill-tempered bum "beating the brains out" of someone with a little intelligence and imagination is what he calls progress, I think he has been misinformed.
Los Gatos, Calif.
Even though he fancies himself a great poet, Cassius Clay could obviously never have written that fine article himself (My $1,000,000 Getaway, Feb. 24), but no matter. Whoever wrote it for him did a superb job of revealing what this seemingly egotistic and foolish but actually extraordinarily clever young man is up to. He deserves his million and I only hope he hangs on to it, regardless of what Liston may do to his handsome features.
New York City
OVER THE TOP
While serving as president of the University of Kentucky for seven years, it was my privilege to work closely with Adolph Rupp. The article in the February 17 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has caught more accurately the man, Coach Rupp, than any other story which I can recall.
He is not only a great coach but also a superb teacher. Congratulations on a top-notch article.
FRANK G. DICKEY
We feel that SI has also neglected to mention the fact that Vic Bubas has coached Duke to his 100th victory. This may not sound as impressive as the 700 victories of Adolph Rupp; however, this mark has been achieved in a brief five-year span, during which time the Blue Devils have ranked in the top 10, nationally, in four out of those five years.