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BEST FOOT FORWARD
?Navy Track Coach Thomson, left or right leg first, was an outstanding hurdler.—ED.
THE MEN BEHIND THE MEN...
The men and women of this group are not the athletes who are competing for the gold medals. And they will never be among those who climb to the winner's pedestal. Without them, however, there would not be that fine competition which in the Olympics produces the best athletes in the world. Yes, I am indeed sorry to see no mention of the trainers.
?A belated but therapeutic pat on the strained back muscles of the Olympic trainers.—ED.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (FULFILLED)
?Willie did well. He finished second to Ferreira Da Silva of Brazil, with both breaking Da Silva's old Olympic record.—ED.
?American Ray C. Ewry holds the most Olympic gold medals. Competing from 1900 to 1908 in the standing broad jump, standing high jump and standing hop, step and jump (all events since dropped from Olympic competition), he won eight gold medals—10 if the 1906 Games are regarded as a genuine Olympiad. (The 1906 Games are not listed in the official record books, but many historians think this attempt to make the Games a biennial rather than a quadrennial event should be counted since it was a full-scale Olympiad in every respect but date.) An invalid as a child, Ewry began jumping as a means of regaining strength, continued with the sport at Purdue University where he received a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Ewry died in 1937, undefeated in Olympic competition.—ED.