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December 20, 1954
OLYMPIC TRAINING Sirs:The article by Mr. Canham, track coach at the University of Michigan, entitled, Russia Will Win the 1956 Olympics (SI, Oct. 25) was true in every detail and shocking in its conclusions. Something revolutionary in the training of our track and field athletes would have to be organized in order for us to be a contending nation in the next Olympic Games, to be held in Melbourne, Australia in 1956.
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December 20, 1954

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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?Jean Barrette, sports columnist for La Patrie du Dimanche, has spent a decade compiling Richard's statistics.?ED.

Herbert Warren Wind's article on Maurice Richard (Fire on the Ice, Dec. 6) is the finest piece of writing on ice hockey to grace the pages of any publication in many a year. It is a richly deserved tribute to a great athlete, and Evan Peskin's shot of Ken Mosdell's attempt to score on Terry Sawchuck is tops.

What are Richard's plans regarding retirement? He is sure to be a champion in whatever he does, but if he decides to forego coaching in favor of a business career it will be a great loss to the youth of all North America. He stands head and shoulders above any other forwards in the past ten years and would never have to "teach" hockey. Any youngster could not fail to learn more from watching just once that long striding charge, the incredible burst of speed rocketing by the defense, the feint and the bullet shot so fast you half expect to hear the crack of a shock wave as with a jet plane, than two hours of detailed instruction from any other man could teach him.

Maurice Richard is as much a part of hockey as the puck; it would be tragic for him to fail to remain in it in some way when the stride's a half step slower and the shot no longer sizzles through the air as of old.
Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

? Richard has no plans other than playing as long as he possibly can.?ED.

I attended the Navy-Army game in Philadelphia last weekend and I wish to take this opportunity to express my congratulations on a job "well done." I refer to your very fine scouting report that was passed out at the stadium. Said report certainly was an invaluable aid to a better understanding of the game's finer points.

Also, I enjoy your excellent, magazine, which is surely a boon to every sports enthusiast.
Belleville, N.J.

Congratulations on your first attempt at presenting women's field hockey to your growing list of readers! You have accurately caught and reported the fine spirit of this very popular game.

My only disappointment in the otherwise fine article was the outdated picture of Anne Townsend. She is a fine-looking, modern sportswoman of the highest quality. I think you owe your readers a recent and true picture of her as she is now.
Former U.S. Team player
Cambridge, Mass.

I had every intention of writing you the day that I received the issue with your story on soccer, but things piled up and I just didn't get to it. I have received many letters as a result of SI.... I was tickled with this response. The letters came from as far north as Middlebury College, as far south as the University of Florida, where Coach Alan Moore wrote to say, "this article has pushed the great game ahead at least 15 years"; as far west as Carlinville, Ill.; and here in the east, from schools like State Teachers College in Newark, N.J., Assoc. Prof. Willard Zweindinger wrote, "Just read soccer article in SI and feel that you have what the doctor ordered as far as our needs are concerned?the game will definitely fit our needs for the fall. Please send films...."

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