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The 1984 Olympics

The 1984 Olympics

By being less than promised, the L.A. Games are just living up to Olympic tradition. Still, they should be a spectacle worthy even of their host city

By Jerry Kirshenbaum

Carl Lewis

'I Do What I Want to Do'

As a favorite to win four gold medals in track and field, Carl Lewis is the definition of multitalented, but he's definitely a singular man

By Gary Smith

Track And Field

THE WAY IT MUST BE

An assessment of the top Olympic track and field events shows that the competition in L.A. will be very good, but athletes and fans will still wonder how much better it would have been without the boycott

By Kenny Moore

The Albatross

THE ALBATROSS WILL FLY

This aquatic creature with an incredible 7'4‚Öù" wingspan is the Albatross—a.k.a. Michael Gross of West Germany—who has set world records in freestyle and butterfly and is the swimmer most likely to soar to a multiple gold medal Performance in Los Angeles

By Craig Neff

Swimming

THE U.S. WILL RULE THE POOL

Led by the likes of backstroker Rick Carey (right) and aided by the boycott, America's team could win gold in 20 of the 29 Olympic swimming events. The men should break a few world records, too

By Craig Neff

THE RICH PATINA of OLD GOLD

Buster Crabbe

A STAR WAS BORN

Dashing Buster Crabbe was the perfect hero for the '32 Games, to which Hollywood 'luminaries' flocked. He cracked Japan's dominance of men's swimming, then broke into the movies to become King of the Serials

By William Oscar Johnson

Daley Thompson

HE'S A PERFECT 10

To world champion Daley Thompson of England, the decathlon is an event of such beauty that he gladly gives all his considerable speed, strength and fervor in trying to conquer it

By Kenny Moore

HINGSEN: 'I DO THE LAST ONE FOR DALEY'

By Dan Levin

A FEAST FOR THE EYES

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Getting Into The Swirl

By Bob Ottum

THE S.I. OLYMPIC HANDBOOK

By Anita Verschoth

Photographic Credits

PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS

Jim McKay

You Can't Keep Him Down On The Farm

ABC war-horse Jim McKay, better known to friends as Maryland horseman Jimmy McManus, is charging out of the gate for his 10th and perhaps final Olympics

By William Taaffe

TV Listings

THE ABCs OF THE OLYMPICS ON TELEVISION

The times (E.D.T.) given below of the Games telecasts are according to ABC's schedule, but the listing of events for each broadcast is SI's view of what is most likely to be newsworthy during that time slot. The network will determine, as the Olympics in Los Angeles unfold, which events will be put on the air.

Tiina Lillak

THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE

Finland, Known for its male javelin throwers, now has a female champion in Tiina Lillak, who brings to her event a balance of strength and beauty

By Kenny Moore

Basketball

IT CAN HAPPEN

The U.S. men's basketball team may be highly favored, but it's vulnerable to attack, and Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia are the assailants most likely to do the deadly deed

By Alexander Wolff

SPAIN: THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS

By Alexander Wolff

ITALY: THE OLD MAN AND THE D

By Alexander Wolff

YUGOSLAVIA: 'THE LAST STRIKE OF THE TAIL'

By Alexander Wolff

De Castella

A MAN WREATHED IN GLORY

Rob de Castella of Australia became the top marathoner—here laurels are bestowed on him as he wins the 1983 world title in Helsinki—by being impervious to injury, unvarying in his training and unswerving in his goals

By Kenny Moore

DeWit And O'Sullivan

A Road Least Traveled

No Canadian has gone to the victory stand for an Olympic boxing gold medal since '32, but Toronto's Shawn O'Sullivan and Willie deWit, a son of the plains, should alter that

By Pat Putnam

Who Are These Guys?

And why aren't they wearing skirts? After all, everyone knows field hockey in the U.S. is a girls' sport. Well, now some American boys have taken up the game for the Games

By Steve Wulf

There's Gold on His Menu

For Yasuhiro Yamashita of Japan, an eater of Olympian proportions and possibly the best judo player in history, the competition in the Los Angeles Games should prove to be a real feast

By Gary Smith

Klaus Maran

A Candidate For Chairman Of The Board

After losing 20 pounds, former heavyweight boardsailor Klaus Maran is almost as thin as the air that may propel him to a gold medal in one of the new Olympic sports

By Sarah Pileggi

THE WRONG BOARD, THE WRONG RACE

By Sarah Pileggi

Mary Lou Retton

It's Up To You, Mary Lou

Little Mary Lou Retton has vaulted so high that she may well do what no U.S. woman gymnast has ever done, win an Olympic medal—perhaps even a gold

By Bob Ottum

Greg Louganis

NO ONE DOES IT BETTER

There's no surer bet for a gold medal than Greg Louganis of the U.S., a diver who is so skilled in his complex sport that he soars far above his rivals. Here's why

By Demmie Stathoplos

Gable

The Ultimate Winner

Dan Gable willed himself to become the best U.S. wrestler ever. Now he's applying his singular dedication to coaching the American team in L.A.

By Douglas S. Looney

THE GUY WHO SPILLED THE INK

By Jack McCallum

The Great Leap Upward

Appropriately, Zhu Jianhua of China was born in the Year of the Rabbit, for no man has jumped higher than he and only a very few are as skittish

By Gary Smith

Departments

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

By Robert L. Miller