Third, we must provide a well-organized, expanded postgraduate competitive schedule that will encourage world leaders like Bob Mathias and Charles Moore, Cornell's 400-meter hurdle Olympic champion, to continue their competitive careers.
Finally, we must support our Olympic program by public subscription on a greater scale than ever before. Our increasing problems produce increased expenses, and our traditional method of voluntary public financing and not government subsidy must be maintained and increased in scope. We are not interested in turning the Olympic Games into a political arena or making our team a government propaganda agency. We should, however, use our resources to present to the world a well-trained, well-equipped Olympic squad that is the product of a free system. And we should offer our athletes the chance of meeting the Russians on somewhat of an even basis.
Even if we should organize and act now, we still have no assurance of maintaining our marvelous Olympic Games superiority. One thing is certain, however, and that is unless we in the United States are aware of the seriousness of the Soviet challenge, we face a very strong possibility of suffering our first defeat in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.