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The Question: Should team scores be kept in the Olympics? (Asked of big shots)
Jimmy Jemail
November 19, 1956
AVERELL HARRIMAN Governor of New YorkNot if we are to follow the original ideals of the Olympics. These glorify the athlete, not his country. All nations should unite in honoring the winner. Isn't that better than having only his own country honor him? Team scores are O.K. if the rules provide for them, which the Olympics do not.
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November 19, 1956

The Question: Should Team Scores Be Kept In The Olympics? (asked Of Big Shots)

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Former president of Mexico
No. It is better for good relations between the large and small countries if the Olympic Committee should not announce the team scores to all the world. Small countries are as proud as the large ones. When individual feats are honored, that is the real sportsmanship.

Television comedian
That's what I call an academic question—like the fellow who asked the girl for a kiss and she said no-o-o. So he kissed her. Same thing with team points. The newspapers are going to total team scores, even if frowned on by the Olympic Committee. Our athletes should be proud of a high team score.

President of DeSoto
Div., Chrysler Corp.
In these days, when friendship is so needed between countries, it's probably best to return to the original concept of the Olympics—athlete against athlete—and disregard team scores, which occasionally cause ill feeling. Russia and the U.S. are now bitter Olympic rivals.

President, IBM
Yes. As a general proposition, team scores in the Olympics would be a stimulus to sports in every country of the world. Sports in the United States are well-organized on the varsity level, but more people should engage in sports. The Olympics can do much to bring this about.

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