Naturally, Pieterse is enthusiastic about these possibilities, but she swears she is in no hurry: "This time I will wait until there is some final word that we are truly welcomed back. I shan't go near an airplane leaving South Africa until the official stamp is on the invitation. But, oh, when the time comes, it will be wonderful—especially when we are allowed into the Olympics. There we will be, a true South African Olympic team, and many of us will be black, of course, and we will be marching into the stadium in Barcelona, all together. There will be lots of tears and very full throats on that day. I look forward to it very much."
Zola Pieterse turned 25 on May 26. She has a full running career behind her, and it looks as if another lies ahead. One thing can be said for certain: The odds are very, very good that her next quarter century is going to be far more gratifying than the last one was.