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Page Ten


Saturday, October 26, 1968

Page Ten THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, October 26, 1968

Watson and Claudia Kolb added
two more swimming gold medals to
the already bulging U.S. collec-
tion, :but it was a Czechoslovak!
girl, Vera Caslavska, who stole the
Olympic spotlight last night by
winning her second and third gold
medals in gymnastics.
Miss Caslavska, , a 26-year-old
blonde who already had won her
second straight all-around title,
captured the first two women's
gymnastics' finals of the evening
-the vault horse and the uneven
parallel bars.
The two gold iedals yesterday
enabled her to equal her 1964 out-
put when she won the all-around,
the, vault horse and the balance
On the vault horse this time,
she was the last of six finalists to
perform and she needed a 9.8 score
to win. She did even better. Her
perfect hand spring over the,
horses brought her a 9.90, and the
capacity crowd at the National
Auditorium roared.
Just about half an hour later,
the Czechoslovak beauty, who ear-





lier had announced her post- pie gold medalist of the games, the
Olympic wedding plans, posted first being U.S. swimmer Debbie
another 9.90 score and took the Meyer..
uneven parallel bars title. Natalia Kuchinskaya, a pretty
That made Vera the second tri- Russian, broke her victory string,
however, by winning the gold
medal in the balancedi beam event
BULLETIN of the women's Olympic gymnas-
MEXICO CITY OP) -- The Miss Caslavska, was second and,
United States won its seventh;Larissa Petrik of Russia won the
straight basketball title last bronze medal
night as Hank Iba's team beat
Yugoslavia 65-50. It was the Over at the pool, Miss Watson
American's 75th victory without who had been kept out of swim-
a loss dating back to 1936. ming competition for six months
Leading only 32-29 at the by mononucleosis earlier this year,
i won the women's 200-meter back-

backstroke race and the 400-meter
medley relay. ft
Then, after Roland Matthes of
East Germany edged Americans
Mitchell Ivey of Santa Clara,
Calif., and Jack Horsley of Seattle,
Wash., in the men's 200-meter
backstroke, Miss Kolb grabbed the
women's 400-meter medley.

Miss Kolb, Santa Clara a c e who
had won the 200-meter medley,
had an easy time in taking the
400-medley, finishing 20 meters
ahead of Lynn Vidali, a 16-year-
old San Francisco school girl.
Claudia was clocked in 5:08.5,:
off her world record of 5:04.7 butI
under the Olympic mark of 5:17.2.

That give U.S. swimmers and
divers 20 gold medals in 29 events,
four more than they won in the
1964 Games. There are, however,
10 swimming events this year that
weren't on the Tokyo program. j
Overall, the US. gold total went
to 39 with the grand medal total
shooting to 94.


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nail, the U.S. squaa exploaect
for 17 straight points in the
second half behind Spencer
Heywood's shooting to blow
open the contest.
* * * *
Vera Caslavska of Czechoslo-
vakia, who had already w o n
three gold medals in gymnas-
tics, tied for her fourth early
this morning. Miss Caslavska
shared the award with Larissa
Petrik of Russia in floor exer.

stroke in O'ympic record timec
A freshman at UCLA, she wag
a close duel with Elaine Tann
of Canada for the first 150 mete
of the women's backstroke b
then applied the pressure in t
last 50 meters.
She finished two meters ahe
of the Canadian, who also wc
second in the 100-meter bac
stroke. Kaye Hall of Tacom
Wash., added a bronze medal1
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ed While conference races con-
er tinue and the better teams be-
ers come more obvious with each pas-
ut sing week, the big games still end
he up being the intersectional battles.
A team's true ability is shown
ad when it steps out of its own league
ks to play an outside opponent. Today
several of the major collegiate
to powers will encounter just such a
er test.
The pollsters will be keeping
close tabs on the action between
Syracuse and California, Houston
and Mississippi, and Miami and
For the independenrtss-Syracuse,
Houston and Miami-these are
crucial contests, the ones that will
decide their post-season fate.
There is no conference title for
them to fall back on should they
meet defeat.
Syracuse, ranked 10th in the
AP poll, invades Berkeley today
to 'take on the surprising Golden
Bears of California.
Cal wasn't considered to be
much of a threat .by the pre-sea-
son experts,'but they have whip-
ped four tough foes including
Michigan and UCLA,, and, have
lost only to Army while rising to
the 11th spot in the polls.
The Bears have been winning
on defense, giving up an averagel
of only six points per game. Ob-
viously the offense does not have
to score much under these con-
ditions but California is also bless-
ed with an attack that is capable
of grinding out points.
The men from Berkeley prefer
to move on the ground and- have
the backs to do it in Gary Fowler,
Bob Darby, Paul Williams and
Randy Humphries. Humphries is
the quarterback but is more of aI
runner than passer, which is un-
usual for .a school that produced
Joe Kapp and Craig Morton.
Just as California does not fitl
its stereotype this season, neither
does Syracuse. The Orangemen
traditionally produce great run-
ning backs, but the tendency this
year has been to go to the airways.

After watching the Olympics on television and reading various
accounts in newspapers across the country, it is becoming obvious to
'nany that the Olympic setup has gotten out of hand.
The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City are not being staged for
the individual competitors as originally intended. The Interna-
tional Olympic Committee, under the leadership of Ave) y Brun-
dage, has turned the games into a event set up for nations who
participate for their own prestige and well-being. It is not set up
"for the joy of competition." *
Just listen to Chris Schenkel and his colleagues describe the
Olympics on ABC television. They make the Olympics sound as if
the United States is fighting a crusade tq uphold its dignity against
the rest of the world.. The IOC helps this situation by providing for
the national anthem to be played and the flag of the winning country
to be raised. Shouldn't the homage be paid to the athlete, not to the
country from which he comes?
Television also perpetuates the system. Everytime an -American
wins, it is a great victory, but let someone else win and it's "back to
live action" somewhere else in Mexico City. ABC must telecast United
States award ceremonies three times a day. When was the last time
they showed a Soviet or any other competitor receive his or her gold
It is true that there are certain times when award ceremony
telecasts are necessary. The Tommie Smith - John Carlos display
was such an occasion. But not three times a day. Repetition of the
awards ceremony just promotes nationalism, something the Olympics
was not created to promote.
The Olympics were intended to create. competition between
individuals, not between nations. But the only thing BC and
the newspapers are talking about is how the United Stats stands
medal-wise in relation to the Soviet Union and the rest of the
Eyery day, newspapers print the standings of American gold,
silver and bronze medals along with 'those of other countries. The
.Olympics, however, weren't set up 'to promote such nationalistic
The Olympics are nationalistic in other ways. Both blacks and
whites from South Africa are prohibited from participating in the
Olympics, even as individuals without country identification. And




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-Daily-Jay Cassidy
CALIFORNIA'S DEFENSIVE TEAM demonstrates its tackling
and ability to pursue in the season's opener against Michigan.- As
Steve Schulz and Dennis Pitta tackle Ron Johnson low and high
respectively, several other Golden Bears defenders rush in to give
aid. Closing in for the kill are Irby Augustine (88), Ken Wiede-
mann (18) and Ed White (70). They are all part of the crew
which Syracuse must contend with today.
Paul Paolisso, a sophomore one- point defeat. The Rebels, de-.
quarterback, does the throwing spite the presence 'of Archie Man-
and Tony Gabriel, another sopho- ning, may find, the powerful Hous-
more, is his prime receiver. As a ton attack, led by halfback Paul
mater fo fact, Syracuse is a soph- Gipson, a little too much to
oriented team with fullback Al handle.
Newton the latest in a line of fine Auburn takes a week's sojourn
Orange runners. .from SEC play to entertain
Syracuse would like to go into Miami's ninth-ranked Hurricanes
their final game,,with Penn State i and their,-great defensive end Ted
holding an 8-1 i'ecord and the as- Hendricks, the "Mad Stork."
surance of a bowl bid. But this Auburn has been a mild surprise
seems to be California's year of I so far this season as their fine
destiny and they are hungry to quarterback Loran Carter has led
add the scalp of a major indepen- the Plainsmen to some unexpected
dent to their growing list of de- victories, as well as scaring SMU'
feated foes. and Georgia Tech pretty badly.
Both Mississippi and LSU en- Another SEC power, the some-
counter opponents from Texas to- what disappointing Alabama team'
day as Houston and TCU, respec- plays \Clemson, usually the cream
'tively, will be lined up across from of the ACC. The Tigers gave Bear
the two SEC powers. Bryant's crew a real tussle last
However, there is a great dif- year, but they have already fallen
j ference in the caliber of the two to Georgia and Auburn this year1
Texan teams. Houston is a highly- and should not give the Crimson
regarded squad and possess what Tide too much trouble this -time
is statistically the best offense in around.
the country. . The major intra-conference
TCU, on the other hand, has a battles pit SMU against Texas
mediocre group of ballplayers and Tech in the Southwest; Stanford
just last week fell to Texas A & and UCLA on the pacific coast
M, a team that LSU has already and Georgia and Kentucky in the
disposed of, and the Bayou Ben- SEC.
gals should have no trouble doing The winners of these games will
the same to Texas Christian. be one step closer to the unen-
Mississippi will be in a battle viable reward of playing either'
with Houston, though, as the Cou- each other or one of the top in-"
gars are out to avenge last year's dependents in post-season bowls.
The Center for Japanese Studies
Kit-hide Mus hakji
Professor of Political Science

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.Clenched Fists
what about athletes from Communist China? If they can't compete
as representatives of China, why not as human being ?
There is no sure way to rid the Olympics of the stench of na-
tionalism but there are a' few, idealistic suggestions that might help.
First, why doesn't Brundage and his IOC board hold regional
Olympic tryouts in various areas of the world? Individuals, could
enter, either as a member of a country or unattached if their country
was not allowed to, or chose not to field a team. The best athletes
from each region would then be invited to compete in the Interna-
tionai Olympics.
Another suggestion would be to cut out the playing of the national
anthems and the raising of the flags when an athlete wins a gold,
silver or bronze medal. These displays only promote nationalism and
honor the nation more than the individual who won the medal.
Another proposal, more radical than. the first two, would, be to
have all the athletes in the Olympics completely unattached. This
would prove unrealistic because few countries would support athletes
who competed without nationalistic identification, but it would pro-
vide for the best athletes to compete in the Olympics.
If one nation had four of the top athletes ip'the world in an
event, they would all be allowed to compete. The Olympic rules,
in force today, stipulate that only three competitors for any one
nation can participate in any event.
There is one other way to improve the Olympics. It has noth-
ing to do with nationalism. It has to do with making the Olympics
the showcase of the world's greatest athletes.
Why not allow professionals to participate? Amateurs in certain
nations are almost professional as it is. When the Olympics were set up
in Greece 2,000 years ago,iit'was truly an amateur event for several
reasons. First, it must be remembered that the participants were
members of the fighting forces of various warring cities who spent
much of their time perfecting events that were part of the Olympics.
Secondly,' there were no professional sports of any kind.
Today, athletes \have to become specialists in their events to excel.
It has become realistically impossible for amateurs'to compete to their
utmost without some financial assistance. Why not legitimize financial
assistance which is being afforded many of the athletes anyway?
The big problem in the Olympics today is nationalism.
It was not supposed to be competition between nrtions, but be-
tween men. Why not modify the rules to try and make this pos-

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