"In every country," mourned the baron, insisting to the last that both he and the team would show up at Squaw (as well they may, since Olympic Chancellor Otto Mayer is now urging Prince Franz Josef to intervene), "politics puts its foot in the Olympics. It's the last thing I thought would happen here."
King of the Mountain
Jose Garatea, a Basque shepherd who came to the U.S. from Spain just last month and settled in Emmett, Idaho, has, to our surprise, set a new North American record by lifting a 251-pound stone 49 times from floor to shoulder in 10 minutes. Our surprise is not that Jose did it, though we are certainly impressed by his feat, but that there is such a sport as stone lifting in the first place. Well, there is, and it's called ari-altiza, which is Basque for rock lifting.
Ari-altiza originated centuries ago among the mountain men of the Pyrenees and is today to the Basques what bullfighting is to the Castilians. Arialtiza consists of three tests: the first, lifting a 251-pound cylindrical stone and a 282-pound square one; the second, throwing a 104-pound stone; the third, walking with two 104-pound stones, one in each hand.
When José Garatea, who is Basque and European champion in his weight class, moved to Idaho, fellow Basques among his neighbors persuaded him to lift in the U.S. championships, which took place this year (and for only the second time in history) at Boise. José Garatea did not have a training stone but admirers chipped one out for him in no time. After the challenger, who weighs 167 pounds, lifted 49 times, Defending Champion José Marruri, weighing 212, went to work, but he got the stone up only 42 times before the clock ran out.
Under the traditions of the sport José Garatea is now subject at any time to a challenge. "He is a smart, fast lifter," Marruri admitted, "but I may challenge him soon."
Out There, Too
South Vietnam has banned all boxing contests until further notice. "Promoters treated boxing as a money-making proposition," explained sports director Cao Xuan Vy, "not as a sport."
Race Track Economics
No drama of the turf
I ever heard was odder;
He mortgaged his old mudder
And spent it all on fodder.
—A. R. FONTENOT