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Motto of Olympic Games Rewritten for 1970s By Fred Rothenberg MONTREAL (AP) - The motto of the Olympics-faster, higher and braver-has been rewritten for the 1970s. The Games are costlier, more controversial and more securityconscious then ever before. But, at least, they are almost here. When Queen Elizabeth II of England commands the XXI Summer Olympiad to begin on Saturday, they will listen--in itself, a feat of Olympian proportions. Since Montreal was awarded the Games in 1970, the Olympics have been plauged by skyrocketing costs, labor trouble and political squabbles. More than overcoming those troubles, the 21st Olympics have absorbed them and will get underway in spite of them. The Games, now price-tagged at over $1 billion, will extend from July 17-Aug. 1, two weeks dedicated to the best of sport, but often the worst of politics. Political Whipping Post "The Olympics have become the,whipping post of a thing called politics," says Jesse Owens, ' America's greatest track star in the 1930s. "Nationalism has taken precedence over individualism." Some 10,000 athletes from 113 nations are expected to compete in 21 sports. According to the Olympic code--which says the highest achievement is in competing, not in winning- there should be 10,000 winners. But the Olympic code has been trampled on for years, shunted to the back shelves. The almighty is now the record book, which chronicles the all-important medal count, measures a nation's athletic success or failure and provides, for some, a gauge of competitive political systems. On that basis, the Soviet Union will be the winner of the 1976 Olympics, as it was four years ago. At Munich, the Russians won 50 gold medals and a team total of 207. The United States picked up 33 gold, with 139 medals over-all. East Germany finished third with 20 gold and a 127 total. The same national anthems will be worn out this year. The Russians, dominating in wrestling, weightlifting and canoeing four years ago, are sending powerhouse teams in those sports again. They are also the favorites in gymnastics, volleyball and water polo and are expected to do well in basketball, boxing, shooting, fencing and pentathlon. Male Swimmers Strong The Americans have an overflowing squad of favored male swimmers, a very strong men's contingent in track and a basketball team that many tfiink will bring the gold medal back to the United States. They are very representative in boxing, archery and shooting. East Germany, a tiny, nearly landlocked nation of less than 18 million peo- ple, is sending a group of women swimmers that holds 12 world records in the 13 Olympic events, a powerful track and field contingent and strong teams in wrestling, gymnastics and soccer. For most of the world, the glamour sports still are swimming and track and field. And from the ranks of these sports will probably come the next Olympic hero and heroine, who will bask in the international attention that amateur sports receives every four years. Chances are, no one ever will duplicate the feat of Mark Spitz, who swam in seven races, won seven gold medals and smashed seven world records at Munich. Spitz parlayed that magnificent seven and a million-dollar smile into financial riches in the commercial world. The top prospect to succeed Spitz as king of the pool is John Naber, the fr-foot-6 Californian who will swim in both backstrokes, the 200-meter freestyle and a pair of relays. Naber, the world record holder in the 200 backstroke, will be favored to take the' gold in both backstrokes but is expected to win a cheaper medal in the freestyle event. As a member of both heavily favored men's relay teams, he is almost assured of those two gold medals. There are two aspirants to the women's swimming throne, both with excellent credentials and numerous chances to shine. Kornelia Ender, the super sprinter from East Germany, owns four world records. She has a shot at five individual gold medals as she will be either the favorite or second choice in the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 400-meter individual medley. She is a member of the East German relay teams that hold a pair of world records and is favored to win a pair of gold medals here. Miy Swim Seven Ricei In three of her races, Miss Ender's chief, foreign competition will come from American Shirley Babashoff, who also may swim in seven races. As the other would- be swimming queen, Miss Babashoff qualified first at the American trials in the 100, 200,400,800 freestyles, setting a world record in the 800. She also won the 400-meter individual medley and will be on both American relay teams. Track and field doesn't give its competitors as many opportunities to shine. Only Lasse Viren of Finland, Valery Borzov of the Soviet Union and Renate Stecher of East Germany were double-gold medal- ists hi individual events in 1972. These athletes must make the most of their one or two moments in the spotlight. All the years of sweat and sacrifice may. be capsulized into the 10 seconds of the 100-meter dash, or the 3Vz minutes of the 1,500 meters. And who will win this epic race between Filbert Bayi, world record holder in the 1,500 meters, and John Walker of New Zealand, the man who cracked the 3:50 barrier for the mile? This type of head-to-head competition is the essence of the Olympics. It's part of the reason why ABC predicts some 170 million people will watch its Olympic coverage. When runners are allowed to run and are swimmers permitted to swim, amateur competition can indeed be Olympian competition. But too often, non-competitors raise barriers to stop the runners and pull the plug from the swimming pool. They are politicians. They stopped the Olympics in 1940 and 1944 by going to war. Today, they threaten the Games with political skirmishes. Mott Recent Battle The most recent battle is over China. The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The People's Republic of China (Mainland China) is not, refusing to join until Taiwan is expelled. In a move to improve relations with Mainland China, Canada said Taiwan could not compete under the banner of the Republic of China. Canada has said it will prevent the Taiwanese athletes from entering the country if it doesn't receive assurances that they will not pass themselves off as from the Republic of China. The IOC, however, doesn't recognize countries. It recognizes Olympic committees. And it .recognizes Taiwan's, the Republic of China Olympic Committee. The IOC says it deplores this intrusion of politics into sports. Some IOC members have called for the cancellation of the Games if Canada is permitted to play politics with the Olympics.. In all likelihood, the Games will go on-with a compromise being worked out as in I960, when Taiwan competed as Taiwan. But the Olympic movement will be blackened again. The rational world is praying that the Olympic movement is never bloodied again. Four years ago, terrorists killed 11 Israelis, turning the "Peace Games" into some fanatics! war games. With the world's attention on Montreal for two weeks, the Games are in constant jeopardy. Montreal is taking almost every conceivable precaution. The city is mobilizing, preparing"as it would for a foreign invader. But how do you protect against one bomb being thrown, or one fanatic finding a crack in Montreal's armor? A security force of 16,000 military and police personnel, schooled in anti-terrorism and conventional warfare, hopes it has the answer. Part of the answer is the sheer numbers of armed guards and the 10-foot fence that surrounds the Olympic village. Part of the answer is the preparation, which indudes defending the Olympic community against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. COVERAGE -APWirephoto Todd Scully, 28, Feeds Pigs on His Virginia Farm He'll Compete in 20,000-Meter Walk at Olympics Teacher, Coach, Pig Farmer Walking His Way to Olympics BIG ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Todd Scully., a school teacher, coach, pig farmer and vegetarian who walks the rolling rural roads at dawn and dusk with a special gait, is going to the Olympics. But while thousands of track buffs all around the globe know about it, most of his neighbors don't. A solitary figure with the flailing arms and swishing hips of a racewalker, Scully, lean and tanned at 28, looks somehow out of place as he trains in western Virginia's largely rural Bedford County. Scully made the Olympics by leading all qualifiers in the 20,000-meter walk at the U.S. Track and Field trials at Eugene, Ore. He beat, among others, .Ron Laird, 38, who represented the United States in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics, and Larry Young, 33, the American record-holder at that distance and two-time Olympic bronze medal winner who finished fourth in the trials. Young didn't make the team. Unassuming Sort Scully is 5-foot-9 and weighs 125 pounds. An unassuming sort, if not shy, he has been overwhelmed by the sudden attention. His best friend, Frank Murray, a classmate at Lynchburg College and now a teacher and coach, is proud of Scully's achievement. "Here's a guy who has been to Russia, Switzerland, Italy, England, Scandinavia, two PanAmerican Games, representing the United States, and probably a dozen people around here know it," said Murray. "People in this area don't understand him or what he's doing. "Here's a man from Bedford County going to the Olympics "Another thing. He holds three Anerican racewalking records (five miles, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters) and the only reason I happen to know about it is that I'm a track coach and read a lot of record books. There's never been anything in the papers around here, and he certainly wouldn't tell anyone." In short, Todd Scully is a. classic study in anonymity. He finds it far easier to live his private, spartan life than to explain why. "My principal asked me, 'If you don't make the team, are you going to train for four more years' I answered, 'Yes.' I thought, 'Gee, why not Ron Laird has been racewalking since 1955.'" Neighbors Finding Out Scully says the neighbors around his small farm are slowly finding out why he walks around in those funny-looking shorts. "There's a guy down the road there who's almost always sitting out under a shade tree when I walk past during my training." he said. "The other day he hollered out that he had seen a thing about me on a Roanoke television station. He said, Tou know, for the first five or six months after you moved here I thought you were crazy. You're still crazy, but you're not as crazy aas you used to be.'" Scully, who has taught chemistry, math and science at Liberty High School, normally trains twice a day, walking eight or nine miles in two hours or so before school, then a longer distance when he comes home from work. As little traveled as Virginia 122 is, Scully has had to contend with an inordinate amount of harassment. "I've been hit by lighted cigarette butts, oranges, ice cubes that left little welts on my arms and chest," he said. "I've had people try to run over me, swerving over onto the shoulder of the road even though there wasn't another car for miles, and I've had people open their doors as they go past me." A native of Neshanic Station, N.J., Scully took a becheior's degree in chemistry at Lynchburg College in 1970 and a master's in education there in 1974. For f o u r years he has taught and coached the track team at Liberty High. Right now, he's on a leave of absence. Plg Are Pride Scully lives on his three-acre plot on the James River, sharing the place with a dog named "Dog." Scattered about are clucking chickens and Scully's pride and joy, his pigs. "This is Sam, this is Samantha, there is Gertrude and Miss Nichols and Wanda and Shirleyl could name them all," he said, pointing to each pig. "They listen to me and they know their names." Scully walks in soft street shoes he has worn since 1968. He retreaded them once with a piece of truck tire and rubber cement. A vegetarian, he takes 70 vitamins each day to supplement his diet. They cost about 60 cents. "That's not much when you consider I haven't had a doctor's bill in six years," he said. · A large garden behind his house provides food. The chickens provide manure to fertilize the garden. But all the planning and training boils down to one race. Stars Beaten By Bullitts Kenneth Petties and Mark Hairston hammered home runs Saturday as the Charleston Bullitts nipped an all-star team from the Kanawha Valley Independent Baseball League. The Bullitts will take on the all-stars again at 3:30 p.m. today at Watt Powell Park as a preliminary to the Charlies' 6 p.m. meeting with Memphis. · Roger Arthur unloaded a three-run homer in the eighth inning to pace the all- stars, but the Bullitts won with a 16-hit attack. All-Stirs ............................................ .XI 100 MO-S 7 3 Chartaton Bullitts Terry While, Tom Carr (4), Cdap Priestley (5), Sttve Klght (7) and Jeff Spurlock, John Oak» (5); Gary Monk, Mark Hairston (5), Reggie Daniel! (I) and George lawson. All-Stirs: Roger Arthur 3-run homer; Bullltts-Ken- nelh Pelties 3-4 Inc. 2-run homer, Mark Halrston homer, Gary Richardson 2-4, Eddie Fulks3-4, Curt Waldron 2-4. Kanawha Valley Soccer LastWMk'iGarrm Hustlers 7, Twin Cities 4 Aiars 2, Cheetahs 1 BroncoJunctlon*, Elementary Team 0 GamMTMiWNk ·* --*-- Twin Cities vs. A»rs Hustlers vs. Chntths ABC to Carry Many Events 9 From Olympic Games ByNeilAmdur Neu York Timei Service MONTREAL-It is the .Olympic men's 400-meter dash final. Maxie Parks of the United States and Alberto Quantorena of Cuba are battling for the lead on your television screen when another American, Fred Newhouse, suddenly emerges from nowhere in the last straightaway. Where was Newhouse earlier in the race? Why couldn't you see him on the screen? Was it an optical illusion? This is only one situation that could confront television viewers who will be glued to ABC's extensive coverage of the Summer Olympics. And unlike the winter extravaganza from Innsbruck, Austria* earlier this year and the 1972 show from Munich, where time differences provided valuable editing time, ABC will be under considerably more pressure with its prime time productions from Montreal. The American home viewer can anticipate the most "live" coverage of any Olympics, an element that should add greater spontaneity and excitement to the TV drama. At Munich and Innsbruck, for example, radio stations and 6 o'clock news shows often were describing the dally feats of Mark Spitz and Dorothy Hamlll long before ABC even went on the air. The option of airing interesting "live" evening programs in such attractive sports as basketball, boxing and gymnastics gives ABC another trump card in competing for the crucial Nielsen television ratings. And with the statistical success of the Innsbruck telecasts and only summer reruns as competition on the other two commercial networks, ABC could gobble up as much as 50 per cent of the prime-time action during its Montreal air dates. TO ENJOY the Summer Olympics even more on television, here are a few tips worth remembering: -In track and field events that are run in lanes throughout (200-meter dash, 400, 400-hurdles), don't be deceived by the seemingly large lead of runners in the out-, side lanes early in the race and the focus of the television cameras. These events are run from staggered starts, and competitors in the inside lanes often don't make up the difference until the middle of the backstretch. John Akii- Bua of Uganda won the gold medal in the 400-hurdles at Munich from the No. 1 lane, with a world-record performance. ··Olympic basketball is not the National Basketball Association. The rules are different from conventional pro or college games, international officials interpret these rules differently, and pushing and shoving can become mild infractions compared to the intense physical struggles of Olympic competition. ··Boxers have been known to win medals in international matches by feigning injury, particularly with false cries of a low blow. Amateur boxing is judged more like a fencing bout than a Muhammad Ali title fight. ··Those sleek, skin-tight swim suits being worn by American and East German women are not designed for girl- watching-but enhance the speed of swimmers--to make them "feel" faster in the' water. ··Isolated reruns can be deceiving, even if the camera position is only inches from the finish line at a particular angle. While watching reruns, particularly in swimming and track and field, keep your eye on the form of the competitions rather than on the competitors themselves: watch facial features, stroke production, footwork. It will-broaden your appreciation of the beauty and talent on display. When watching the Olympics, remember that most events were completed earlier that day. You will be seeing an edited version of what took place. It would be im-. ' possible under current network time commitments to show, an entire high jump competition. Hopefully, ABC will provide sufficient tape footage to capture the tension and drama that unfolds in the various field events instead of simply recounting the winning jumps or throws. Early returns indicate that viewers- already are Olympic-minded. The national Nielsen rating for the two-hour American track and field trials that aired June 27 was a respectable 13.7, with a 28 per cent share of the audience. Most track and field telecasts barely achieve a rating of 5. To pay the bills for the $25 million broadcast rights, ABC will sprinkle its telecasts with commercials. The biggest trick for many views during the prime-time coverage may be how to walk their dog in 90 seconds. Belger Scores 800 Victory in Tune-Up TORONTO (AP) - Unheralded Mark Belger beat his former Villanova teammate Eamonn Coghlan, a gold medal contender in the Olympic 1,500, in the 800-meter race Saturday at a tune-up for the Montreal Olympic Games. Belger finished in 1 minute, 48.1 seconds, while the 22-yearold Coghlan, of Ireland, was clocked in l:48.5-his fastest ever--on a rock-hard track in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. Ken Schappert ran third in 1:49.2. It was a meet marked by noted absences rather than performances. David Jenkins of Great Britain, ranked No. 1 in the world at 400 meters last year, and former world record holder Earl Bell of the United States both were among athletes who did not appear. A number of the American .athletes were invited, but none attended as they remained in the United States due to the visit of President Ford at their training camp. In Jenkins' absence, Fred Sowerby of Antigua captured the 400 in 46.?. A number of Olympic competitors used this meet as a warm-up for next week's Olympics, including Canadian record holder Debbie Brill, Australian hurdler Gaye Dell and Jamaican sprinter Colin Bradford. -Staff PhotobyJsck Kern Charleston Bullitts Play All-Stars Today at Watt Powell Bullitts (From Left) Are Curt Waldron, Mark Hairston arid Brad Tucker A' ft£

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