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PAN AMERICANS IN CHICAGO

Pretty girls, handsome boys and a cheerful dispute about shorts liven a big sports gala
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From Lake Michigan west to the town of Hinsdale, where equestrian teams sent their mounts over jump after jump, northwest to Portage Park, where swimmers and divers plunged into the brand-new Olympic-size pools, southwest to the Cal-Sag Canal, where commercial shipping was slowed to avoid ramming the rowers, Chicago and its suburbs teemed with a fascinating cross-section of humanity—2,162 athletes from 24 Western Hemisphere countries, male and female, tall and short, light and dark. They were in town for the Pan American Games, which start this Thursday and continue through Labor Day. They spoke English, Spanish, Portuguese. They wielded sabres, threw discuses, rode bikes and had fun as they worked themselves into shape.

With competition not yet begun, even the disputes were relaxed. Some U.S. girls complained that their uniform shorts were too tight, that they couldn't compete in them. But different-size shorts were traded around, an emergency order went out for replacements, everybody smiled, and. the teapot tempest died away.

Busiest spot in town was Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, where world-record holders like Shot-putter Parry O'Brien will work out., U.S. Pole Vaulter Don Bragg spent more time coaching and helping his' foreign rivals than he did in perfecting his own skills. Brazil's Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, a sort of universal ambassador (see page 34), served as a catalyst between English-speaking: and Latin-speaking groups. And Bill Nieder, who missed making the U.S. team, was on a busman's holiday, learning how to high-jump ("just for fun") and having a ball teaching pretty girls how to put the shot.

TWO PHOTOS

ART SHAY

SHORT SHORTS bothered some pretty U.S. girl track stars who said tight uniforms (above) were uncomfortable. But Brazilian Volleyballer Hilda Lassen (opposite, page) didn't seem to mind, enjoyed shot-put lesson from Bill Nieder while grinning Pole Vault Star Don Bragg kibitzed.

MAP

TWENTY-FOUR NATIONS of the Western Hemisphere entered teams of athletes in the third quadrennial Pan American Games at Chicago. Largest entry, except for that of host country United States, came from Brazil. Figures on map below show population of each country, number of athletes competing, number of sports entered.

THE NATIONS COMPETING AT CHICAGO

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

174,064,000

406 in 27

BERMUDA

42,040

12 in 2

CANADA

16,080,791

176 in 20

BAHAMAS

116,530

19 in 1

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

2,698,000

49 in 7

MEXICO

31,454,190

204 in 24

CUBA

6,410,000

140 in 19

HONDURAS

1,769,000

Not competing

HAITI

3,384,000

38 in 5

GUATEMALA

3,430,000

23 in 8

PUERTO RICO

2,287,703

149 in 15

NICARAGUA

1,331,000

21 in 2

EL SALVADOR

2,350,000

37 in 5

COSTA RICA

1,72,000

43 in 4

PANAMA

960,000

28 in 7

COLOMBIA

13,227,480

Not competing

ECUADOR

3,890,000

32 in 9

VENEZUELA

6,129,700

135 in 18

BRITISH GUIANA

508,000

19 in 5

DUTCH GUIANA

250,000

Not competing

PERU

9,923,000

89 in 12

BRAZIL

63,101,627

224 in 24

BOLIVIA

3,273,000

Not competing

PARAGUAY

1,638,000

Not competing

CHILE

7,121,000

102 in 14

ARGENTINA

19,857,700

148 in 19

URUGUAY

2,300,000

36 in 12

JAMICA

ST. MAARTEEN

SABA

ST. EUSTATIUS

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

186,597

19 in 4

ARUBA

BONAIRE

CURACAO

WEST INDIES FEDERATION

3,108,000

48 in 9

ANGUILLA

ST. CHRISTOPHER

NEVIS

ANTIGUA

MONTSERRAT

DOMINICA

ST. LUCIA

ST. VINCENT

BARBAOOS

GRENADA

TOBAGO

TRINIDAD