MANFRED VON MAUTNER-MARKHOF JR.,
President Austrian-Dutch Society:
"Yes. We will regard it as a great honor if Austria gets the 1960 Winter Olympics. Nothing is more important. The good will is tremendous. During the Olympics, our newspapers have nothing but stories of the games. The government, private companies, everyone takes a tremendous interest."
PRINCE PHILIPP ERNST ZU SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE,
B√ºckeburg, Germany College student:
"Over the years, yes. In 1956, I hope so. Much depends on how newspapers report the games. The Olympics should help promote friendly contacts. Athletics, like music, is a universal language. Athletes understand each other. The big mistake is to stress national prestige over personal glory."
Chancellor of Austria:
"It will forever be impossible to see an enemy in the comrade of your sports with whom you have been trying to measure your forces. Audiences watching the sportsmen will come to appreciate other nations. Thus, that atmosphere of humanity, so necessary nowadays, will grow and thrive."
Europe's 1949 skating champion:
"Not always. In 1956, only the United States or the Soviet Union can win. In America, you have the big college program. The Soviets have the big government push. This can give bad feeling. Already the world is talking. But the big picture is good, because, in sports, everyone learns to lose."
DR. H. DRIMMEL
Minister of Education:
"I'm convinced as a sportsman and as a minister that they do. We must prove that even such a controversy as that between the U.S. and Russia can be reduced to a basis of fair sportsmanship. The Olympics might be what is necessary to stimulate the real Olympic idea among nations."
LLEWELLYN E. THOMPSON JR.
American High Commissioner:
"Yes. Amateur sports tend to develop qualities of fairness and cooperation. They are a form of inter—national language. As long as that language is spoken by sportsmen as true amateurs and not as tools of national ambition, I think the Olympics will aid in international understanding."
Deputy French High Commissioner:
"If they take place in the spirit of their founder, they promote better international understanding. However, the public should acclaim, in the establishment of a new record, only a conquest of human will, not a success of propaganda tending to prove the superiority of a nation, race or system."
SIR GEOFFREY WALLINGER
British High Commissioner:
"The Olympics are a signpost to better understanding. Man's achievement in creating the physical means for closer exchanges have smoothed the surface. Unfortunately, nationalisms and ideologies have erected psychological barriers, but the fellowship of sports can contribute to lowering these."
ANGELIKA HAUFF, Vienna
"Mostly yes, but sometimes no. Not good is the feeling now between America and Russia. Only you hear of them. Other peoples will race, no? The team score is bad. No country must win. Only the athletes must win. Then, when one from small Austria wins, the whole world knows, no?"
HERIBERT MEISEL, Vienna
Sports editor and radio commentator:
"Yes. Olympics are the high point of sports. A little they help to lift the Iron Curtain. We know, living 50 kilometers from the Iron Curtain. Recently, 2,000 Austrians went to see a soccer game behind the Iron Curtain. At the ski championships, the East and West teams lived in the same camp."
Miss Austria of 1950:
"The big program sometimes makes the bad feeling. Like Hitler refusing to shake hands with the Negro gentleman, Jesse Owens. Too bad we remember these bad feelings and not the good ones. But the big spirit is good. It is with the runner who carries the torch from country to country."
DR. MANFRED VON MAUTNER-MARKHOF
Austrian delegate to International Olympic Committee:
"Yes. Sportsmen of a country who are not on very good terms with the host country are first greeted with certain reserve. But if these sportsmen were of irreproachable fairness, people wholeheartedly went over, often celebrating them much more enthusiastically than their own people."