MASAKO (Katsy) KATSURA
Tiny (5 feet, 96 pounds) Masako Katsura grew up in a suburban Tokyo billiard parlor run by her brother-in-law. Katsy is now 41, though she looks no older than her mid-20s—and she was Japan's national women's champion several times. Far and away the best of her sex in this precision sport, she finished a respectable fourth at the world championships in Buenos Aires last fall.
Powerful Orrin Nordstrom, who just turned 14 this week, is a versatile all-event swimmer for Cincinnati's Coca-Cola Swim Club. Holder of some 70 swim awards, Orrin made a shambles of the 1955 Midwest Age Group championships, setting records for the 100-yard freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke and individual medley. He hopes to swim in the 1956 Olympics.