Although he has to take time off from his job without pay for trips—time that is subtracted from his pension—Romansky refused an invitation to join the New York Athletic Club, one of the few clubs that helps its athletes financially. "I don't like their politics," says Romansky, a registered Republican. "Between not letting in Jews and not letting in Negroes, I couldn't go back to the track club and tell those kids anything if I did that."
So his wife shrugs as she throws his dirty track suit in the washing machine. "It's not easy to go without money every time he goes away when you have three kids," Dot says, "but I wouldn't ask him to give it up when he's doing so well."