OLYMPIANS IN REVIEW
Congratulations on the excellent coverage of the 1976 Winter Olympic Games, especially William Oscar Johnson's article Opening Up Those Golden Gates (Feb. 23). The photographs were breathtaking, with one possible exception. Bobby Clarke may be the NHL's best, but the pixie from Riverside, Conn., Dorothy Hamill, skated her way to a gold and, for her performance, deserved to be on your cover.
Good judgment, SI. Dorothy Hamill dazzles the world with elegance on ice. Rosi Mittermaier charms Innsbruck to its knees with her golden smile. And you put a street-hockey player on the cover.
A close-up of Dorothy doing her " Hamill camel" might have gotten Cover of the Year honors, plus at least a 5.9 from the Russian judge. Oh, well, on page 17 you did give us a full-page shot of her standing on the winner's platform, and she looks just fine, thank you.
Page 17 never had it so good.
Admit it, that couldn't have been Anett Poetzschhpinkly flopping onto the ice in the picture on page 21. It had to be Dorothy Hamill looking for a lost contact lens.
Kew Gardens, N.Y.
?Nope. It was Anett Poetzsch—pinkly taking a pratfall.—ED.
Come now! As you said (TV/RADIO, Feb. 23), Dick Button rarely uses superlatives, yet he called John Curry's performance the greatest he had ever seen. SI relegated the finest five minutes in Olympic figure-skating history to FOR THE RECORD. Furthermore, neither SI nor ABC saw fit to emphasize the fact that both Curry and Dorothy Hamill have the same coach, Carlo Fassi.
Your Olympic coverage was excellent. But leaving out Curry is like reviewing the '75 World Series without mentioning Pete Rose.
LESLIE C. McANENY
Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns won a bronze in ice dancing, a new Olympic sport, and they were barely mentioned.
DOREEN C. DALLAS
I was amazed to read in your Olympic preview (Feb. 2) that Sheila Young skates without socks. That must mean she simultaneously experiences the ecstasy of victory and the agony of de feet.
RUTH HUBBS KENNEY
Fort Jones, Calif.