BOY MEETS GIRL
Like Romeo daring the displeasure of the Capulets, Olympic Winner Harold Connolly arrived in Prague last week to seek the hand of his comely discus-tossing sweetheart, Olga Fikotova. They hope to marry and settle in Boston. But President Antonin Zapotocky, faced with the loss of his country's only Olympic gold medalist to a capitalist, kept a stolid silence as Connolly's 10-day visa wasted away. At week's end the Iron Curtain still parted boy and girl.
Pre-Olympics cartoon (SI, Nov. 19) anticipated situation in which a pert American girl athlete is wooed by brawny Russian.
Real-Life wooing led to fond Melbourne farewell of U.S. Weight Man Connolly and Czech Discus Star Fikotova.
Boulevard sports car racing—along the city's spectacular waterfront—came to Havana last week with a splurge that for a day suspended fears of political upheaval. In the U.S. the course might have been Chicago's Lake Shore Drive or Manhattan's East and West Side highways; in Cuba it was the famed Malecón esplanade. A crowd of 150,000 cheered World Champion Juan Fangio's Maserati on to victory
Somber fangio stands for Cuban anthem beneath monument to the battleship Maine. Despairing Marquis de Portago (below) pits with split fuel line after his Ferrari led strongly.
Racing along sea wall, sports cars in Havana's 315-mile Gran Premio round a turn and speed over the Malecón before a part of the huge crowd. Morro Castle is in left background.
"Please, Nikolai. It can never be."