That was a super article on Gayle Olinek. She really is an inspiration to all women trying to get in shape. She has an excellent physique, yet she is feminine. I pinned her picture on my wall and work to look even half as great as she does. As Gayle said, "I'm convinced that look—my look—is the look of the '80s." I know she's right!
Should we applaud Gayle Olinek's inspirational comebacks against the many adverse conditions and injuries she has faced, or should we denounce her total disregard for proper care of herself during hard times and when she was injured?
By the way, I'd choose the "distorted" female form of a Playboy centerfold over Olinek's form in the '80s, '90s and on and on.
There's no doubt that Gayle Olinek has a great pair of legs, but if her look is the look of the '80s, I'm going to become a monk.
BRIAN T. GOETTL
Oh, SI, how could you? Your choice of the U.S. Olympic hockey team as Sportsmen of the Year took me by surprise (A Reminder of What We Can Be, Dec. 22-29). Granted, what the team accomplished was amazing and great for the American people. I, too, went out of my mind. However, there also was a young man by the name of Eric Heiden in those same Olympic Games, and in my opinion he deserved the honor. I don't think anyone has ever dominated an Olympic sport—or any other sport, for that matter—as Heiden did speed skating en route to his five gold medals.
The U.S. hockey team truly was "a reminder of what we can be." However, we believe that an even better selection would have been the members of the U.S. Summer Olympic team. They are a reminder of what might have been.
TIM AND MARY WALSH
The political value of its Olympic victory is the only reason I can see for the hockey team's selection. How else could you pass up year-long champions like Edwin Moses, Magic Johnson, Tom Watson, Eric Heiden, Earl Campbell and Julius Erving? Heck, Edwin Moses has been the best athlete on earth for three years and he has never even been on your cover.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
While those young Olympic hockey players were amazing the world at Lake Placid, a young Canadian athlete named Terry Fox, who had lost a leg to cancer, was planning to dip his artificial leg in the Atlantic and then run across Canada to dip it in the Pacific to raise money for the fight against that disease. He made it only as far as Thunder Bay, half of the way, but while the glory of the Olympians is fleeting, Fox' contribution—more than $20 million has been raised for cancer research—is more lasting. He deserved better from you, SI.
RICHARD V.H. BUELL
SI's choice was a good one, but the omission of Kansas City Royals Third Baseman George Brett as runner-up was a mistake.
G.L. (MAC) McDONALD