For the most part, the Olympic athletes you are about to see do not know each other, nor are they ever likely to. Which is a shame. Surely the West German hammer thrower would enjoy hoisting a few beers with the wrestler from Great Britain. But the Games are so vast—9,200 competitors—time so short and competition so intense that there is little time for social interchange. When the judoist returns to South Korea, he can tell his mother of his accomplishments and disappointments, but chances are he will not have seen New Zealand's crew, Cuba's heavyweight boxer or the bearded Swedish fencer. For that he will have to take a look at the next 11 pages.
Even if Seoul's Chang Eun Kyung fails to win a medal in the judo lightweight class, he'll always be tops with Mama.
The time is ripe for kayaker Geza Csapo of Szeged, Hungary to pick up medals in both the 500- and 1,000-meter szingles.
East German swimmers Roland Matthes and Kornelia Ender are smiling because they are record holders and engaged.
Since Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson was a knockout in Munich, he is favored to repeat as winner, handily.
Freestyle wrestler Maurice Allan is the big gun of Great Britain's team and has a shot at a light-heavyweight medal, reportedly.
Mexican marksman Olegario Vazquez Ra√±a will keep plugging in shooting events and not take defeat lying down.
Last year Walter Schmidt of West Germany threw the hammer 260'2", which broke the world record by three pints.
Aussie freestyler Jenny Turrall doesn't let Olympic tension worry her. She'll cross that bridge when she comes to it.
New Zealand's eight, which took the gold in 1972, has put in long hours of practice on Lake Karapiro south of Auckland, and figures that another victory would not be a stroke of luck.
Although Jamaica's Don Quarrie holds a world 200-meter record at 19.8, in this hometown field he is merely an also-ran.
Niels Fredborg, who was a gold medal winner in 1972, is not only Denmark's best cyclist, he would seem to be its only one.
A secretary in a steelworks in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Helena Fibingerova has a burning desire to triumph in the shotput.
Not nearly as swift as her friend, Alice Annum of Ghana nonetheless hopes to do well in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Confident of winning a medal, Finland's Seppo Hovinen threw his javelin 306'10" four weeks ago to emphasize the point.
Épées and eels interest Rolf Edling of Sweden, who plans to earn a gold in the former and write his thesis on the latter.
Shotputter Geoff Capes of Great Britain has recorded a toss of 70'8½", but not with his 2-year-old daughter Emma Jane.
Poland's Irena Szewinska, wife and mother, is no joke as a runner, holding the world records in the 200 and the 400 meters.