Mike Manley and I
sat by the door. I couldn't look. He described the scene to me: "They're
sure smiling a lot.... By God they've got their pictures.... I don't think each
station in the line knows what any of the others is doing.... Wait. There's a
guy at the end who seems to be inspecting the cards before they're given to the
athletes. If anything's wrong.... The room is a lot emptier than 10 minutes
ago. The thieves look so obvious out there.... Oh, they're so close. So
close.... Bobbie's through. Connie's got it. Connie's got it!"
everyone knew six ways to produce bogus credentials. "The Village drugstore
is doing a land-office business in laminating kits," reported Walker Bill
Weigle. "Isn't it just like the Germans to bring in a thousand more
Not once, even
during the security crackdown that was to come, were any of the wives' passes
With nine miles
to go we plunged into the greenery of the English Garden. People shouted that
Shorter was one minute ahead. Wolde and I looked behind us. Clayton was gone.
There was only a pale little man in white, 150 yards back. The day had cooled.
The next five miles through the park would be in shade. And Frank had said,
"I've never tied up, you know. I've never really died after getting a
lead." I believed him now. He could hold his minute. Wolde and I were
running for silver.
We dipped and
rolled and sometimes stumbled on the dusty, rutted path. The applause of the
city streets fell away. On some wooded stretches we were alone with our
struggle. I tried to draw on the competitive responses I had restrained
earlier, imagining how I would bolt away from Wolde with a mile to go,
recalling his 57-second last lap in the Mexico City 10,000, where he had been a
close second, and reminding myself of the other side of the coin, his 39
In a clearing the
trail widened. A cluster of spectators pushed to see. Trotting straight at us
was a long-haired dachshund. I went left. So did he. I cut back. So did he. To
the amusement of the crowd, I had to hurdle him. A few yards farther on stood
three policemen whose duty it was to keep the path clear. They were taking
pictures of us.
30, is calm and his speech soft, controlled, in the manner of many strong men.
And he is strong, having set nine world and 32 U.S. weight-lifting records over
a lengthy career. His 1,025-pound middleweight total in the three Olympic lifts
amounts to more than six times his own weight. Short and broad, but not
disproportionately so, with closely trimmed blond hair and an unlined, cherubic
face, Knipp is an amiable, responsive gentleman. A few minutes of conversation,
however, yield the suspicion that on certain subjects Russ does not maintain a
spirit of detached inquiry. I had breakfast with him a few days after the Games
the Bible the man is commanded to love the wife and the woman to be
submissive," he said. "I believe a woman loses her true quality when
she becomes aggressive, when she tries to enter the man's domain. Our values in
the United States have changed—liberalism has really crept in—to where women
want equal rights, but it is clear, in the law of God, in the Bible, that her
rightful place is in the home. That's why I was deeply concerned that Olga
Connolly was elected to carry our flag in the opening ceremonies.
Olympics were designed for warriors, men of battle. The greatest hero was the
greatest warrior, the most powerful man. Today other nations seem to realize
this more than we do. The Russians had their world champion wrestler carry
their flag here. In Mexico they bad Zhabotinsky, the great weight lifter. We
had a girl fencer.
"I work for
the Campus Crusade for Christ. Eve traveled to 500 high school and college
campuses, giving assembly programs, sharing Christ with students, and Eve found
that there is a hard core of college students who want to destroy America as we
know it. They want a kind of Utopia, where there is no more bombing, where we
lay down our arms and promote the unity of all races.