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The Olympics

18 As Americans dominated the first full week of the L.A. Games, they made no splashier splash than in swimming
by Craig Neff

38 You want foreigners, go to Disneyland. For Los Angeles the Olympics were just another new sports franchise in town
by Frank Deford

42 Mary Lou Retton's faultless vault was the centerpiece as U.S. women and men stunningly leaped to the fore in gymnastics
by Bob Ottum

60 As track and field began, Carl Lewis was a winner, along with Evelyn Ashford, Edwin Moses and Joan Benoit
by Kenny Moore

82 American cyclists won their first gold medals ever, but they may have most distinguished themselves in a race they lost
by Ron Fimrite


13 Scorecard
86 Baseball
92 Pro Football
101 For the Record
102 19th Hole

Credits on page 101

Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr./ Fuji Film USA


LEADING OFF: Typical of the unflagging—and of ten too flag-waving—support U.S. athletes received during the opening eight days of the L.A. Games was this greeting Dara Torres (left), Nancy Hogshead (center) and Carrie Steinseifer got after they, with Jenna Johnson, won the women's 4 X 100 freestyle relay.