Great cover, great story, great athlete (Getting It All Together, Aug. 9). Bruce Jenner for Sportsman of the Year.
My son and I watched Bruce Jenner compete in all 10 events of the decathlon. On Friday we were at the stadium at 9 a.m. to see him run the hurdles and we left at 8 p.m. after seeing him get a standing ovation as an Olympic champion. Our comment was: What a performance! His picture should be on the cover of SI. And when our copy arrived, there it was. Awrright!
ARTHUR J. GILMASTER
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Awrright! for Bruce Jenner, John Naber, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jenni Chandler, Dorothy Hamill, Sheila Young, Peter Mueller and the rest of our Olympic gold-medal winners of 1976. We are proud of them.
To see SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S logo in Team America's colors was awrright. It makes me feel good to be subscribing to the world's best sports magazine.
The picture of the U.S.A.'s 4 x 400 relay team reflects the essence of sport. The sparkle in Fred Newhouse's eyes is surely typical of the reactions of successful athletes the world over. A truly exquisite photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier.
GLENN P. BUTZKE
Since it is difficult to find words to describe SI's coverage of the Montreal Olympics, how about a number? 10.0.
Stevens Point, Wis.
OUT OF THE CROWD
What an astounding coincidence! Darrell Pace appears as a 15-year-old archer in FACES IN THE CROWD in your Aug. 28, 1972 issue, which previewed the Munich Olympics, and he returns to SI four years later as an Olympic gold-medal winner (Top Draws by Two Aces, Aug. 9).
DAVID F. APPLEYARD
Thank you for Pat Putnam's article on the U.S. boxers (Oh, Brothers—They Put Punch into It, Aug. 9). The courage and determination that each one displayed proves that the spirit of America lives.
We had the privilege of watching the U.S. boxing team train here at the University of Vermont. We came to feel that they were our athletes. This feeling grew not from their boxing skills alone but from the fact that here were some of the finest young men produced in America. They were gentlemen in a violent sport. This team was also blessed with two of the finest gentlemen-coaches: Pat Nappi and Tom Johnson. Their handling of the boxers was superb.
DENIS E. LAMBERT
Director of Athletics
University of Vermont
You made the statement that Leon and Mike Spinks were the first Olympic boxing brothers. In 1920 Jack and Pete Zivic were members of the U.S. boxing team. Another brother, Fritzie, became world welterweight champion. The Zivic brothers won no individual medals in 1920 (although the team finished second), so Leon and Mike are the first brother combination to win medals.