Men's track and field—24 events: 13 firsts, 4 second picks finished first, 1 third pick finished first. This does not include Roelants and Abebe whom you didn't think were healthy. Women's track and field—12 events: 5 firsts, 2 second picks finished first, 1 third pick finished first. Men's swimming—12 events: 7 firsts, 2 second picks finished first, 2 third picks finished first. Women's swimming—10 events: 5 firsts, 3 second picks finished first, 1 third pick finished first. You skipped Lesley Bush.
Why not let us know about the local horse races also?
Park Ridge, Ill.
I don't care what happens between now and December 31, I think Robert F. Giegengack, Olympic track and field coach, deserves to be SI's 1964 Sportsman of the Year. The guidance, inspiration and leadership he gave to our track and field forces in the most thumping victory in American history speaks volumes.
DON L. KEARNEY
New York City
The only way to make a true evaluation of each nation's effort is to assign a point value for each medal, such as: gold 3, silver 2 and bronze 1.
Using this method of Olympic scoring we find that the U.S.A. barely edges the U.S.S.R., 188 to 187.
GEORGE J. GAVRAS
I was delighted when my wife showed me Robert Cantwell's warm review of my book, The World of Birds.
You might be interested to know that after the recent yacht races at Newport, Peter Scott, helmsman of the British challenger, and his wife Philippa spent two days at our home here in Connecticut. I was recovering from an automobile accident (210 stitches in my face) while Peter was still under shock from his own catastrophe out on the water.
Peter Scott was licking his wounds, and I was licking mine. We mentioned neither boats nor automobile accidents, but instead talked only of birds, fish watching, sphinx moths and other external things.
ROGER TORY PETERSON
Old Lyme, Conn.