FRESH FROM THE COCOON
I greatly enjoyed your issue on the Olympics. There is one point, however, on which I am puzzled. You have the Australian swimming star, John Marshall, down as a butterfly man. I know that at Yale and in the 1952 Olympics he swam freestyle. Has he changed strokes or is this a mistake?
? Marshall switched from freestyle to butterfly stroke when he began training for the 1956 Olympics, and on Oct. 30 he won the Australian 200-meter trials in this event.—ED.
Can you tell me the motto of the Olympics? I read through your Olympic Preview issue, but there doesn't seem to be anything there.
Terre Haute, Ind.
?The Olympic motto is: Citius, Altius, Fortius (quicker, higher, more strongly) and epitomizes the desires of competitors, although the Olympic Games are more often characterized by Baron de Coubertin's stated philosophy, "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part...."—ED.
Your Olympic issue states that Pole Vaulter Bob Richards is the only 15-foot vaulter competing in the 1956 Games. Since Bob Graham removed himself from the team, in favor of Bob Gutowski of Occidental College, the U.S. team now has two 15-foot vaulters competing. Let's hope they both clear 15 feet come the day of decision.
R. R. OHRBOM
? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED applauds the sportsmanship of Graham, a good vaulter, who voluntarily withdrew in favor of Gutowski, a better one. We also applaud the one-two finish of Richards and Gutowski at Melbourne, although neither topped 15 feet.—ED.
Oh to be in Melbourne now that the Olympics are here! I don't suppose you'd give some vital statistics on your "vogue's gallery" of male competitors? I am usually an Elvis Presley fan, but after your last issue—well, WOW!
?Wow! indeed. But Miss Bell should be more specific. There are 277 males on the U.S. Olympic squad alone. Anyone in particular?—ED.
We have been astonished by your un-awareness of the fact that many of your readers are Canadians. Canada is entered in the current Olympiad. Perhaps you didn't know this. There are athletes in this country as well as lumberjacks. Canadians present a threat in some Olympic events, particularly rowing and paddling.
The Olympics, furthermore, are not " America (the U.S.) against the world," as you said. Please do not be poisoned by the appalling attitude of Americans toward the rest of the world. We sincerely hope this attitude does not affect American athletes and/or those who remark upon their able performances.