Greg LeMond's comeback should be an inspiration not only to cyclists but also
to all athletes (Le Grand LeMond, Dec. 25-Jan. 1). I intend to use the tape of
LeMond's epic ride down the Champs-Elys�es as a training device when I ride my
bike indoors this winter.
I covered the
1989 world championships in Chamb�ry, France, in September as a television
journalist. In many ways, LeMond was even more extraordinary at this event than
at the Tour de France. Because of his miraculous Tour victory, he was under
great pressure from the other riders and the public to perform well. He was
also under pressure from the French and American teams who were vying for his
services in the coming seasons.
what LeMond did at the world championships is just as extraordinary as his Tour
de France. He beat the odds again, with little or no help from the American
squad. He truly is an astounding athlete and a great competitor. I applaud your
choice of Sportsman.
Mountain View, Calif.
Greg LeMond? I
saw the cover and said no. I read the story and said yes.
In your tribute
to Greg LeMond, you failed to credit the courageous and exciting performance of
the man who finished second in the 1989 Tour de France, Laurent Fignon. In a
career that has paralleled LeMond's in many ways, Fignon also has battled
injury to ride once again to the front of the pack. Losing to LeMond by a
paltry eight seconds was a bitter pill for the competitive Fignon to
It is a pity that
SI chose to portray Fignon in such a negative light. There does not always have
to be a good guy and a bad guy in a fierce sporting duel. This year's duel was
between two great sportsmen.
I would like to join the rest of the country in congratulating the Trumbull
( Conn.) All-Stars (Boy, Oh Boy, What a Year! Dec. 25-Jan. 1). I hope Chris
Drury doesn't go through burnout, because I look forward to seeing him in the
NHL or the major leagues, or both.
confuses me, though. In the picture of Chris's bedroom on the contents pages,
the baseball glove on the chair is a lefthanded glove. In the pictures of Chris
on page 79, he is shown pitching and hitting righthanded. Could it be that this
13-year-old phenomenon is ambidextrous?
?No, the glove
belongs to Chris's left-handed older brother, Ted. Rex, the family dog, likes
to carry things from room to room, and Ted's glove ended up on Chris's
When I die, if I
can't go to heaven, I want to go to Chris Drury's bedroom. It looks as though
it would be just as much fun. Actually, it looks like my bedroom, but it's not
so cute when you're 28.