HOW GOOD IT ALL
This one time I will not put it off! I have just finished Olympians Are Your
Neighbors (SI, July 9), and it is essential that I tell you how good I thought
I am not a
follower of track and field, but I did watch the Olympic trials on television.
As I read your article I again felt the thrill of watching Tom Courtney burst
through to win his race. A few "beads of perspiration" came to my eyes
when I thought of Whitfield who had tried so hard, had deserved so much and
gotten so little.
I am in a real stew over the trials out in Los Angeles.
It is beyond my
understanding how truly great track and field men of Sime's and Bragg's caliber
can be out of the Olympics. I am beginning to agree with some of the English
writers that England has the best and fairest way of picking men for the
DON'T GIVE THEM A
It is not my contention that the three athletes qualifying in each event are
actually the best in the United States, but they did come through under
pressure will be present at the Olympic Games.
A team picked by
a committee would result in tremendous repercussions long after the Olympic
Games were completed as different localities would be up in arms because their
Johnny wasn't selected.
The United States
Olympic Committee would have had a hard time selecting men even in some of our
so-called weak events. Take for instance the 5,000-meter run. Starting with the
first performance in 1920 and ending in 1955, a grand total of 21 Americans had
bettered 15 minutes for the event, according to my research, whereas this
season no less than 16 runners accomplished that feat. With so many first-class
athletes in each event a final elimination test has to be staged to separate
three representatives from the rest of the pack.
Many thanks to
Roy Terrell, who brought me a solid month of topnotch reporting.
M/SGT. ROBERT A.
GILMORE, USAF Great Falls, Mont.