Sport: Horses Under the Hood

When the University of Iowa's Wally Ris, a 195-lb. porpoise of a man, set out for the Olympic games last year, his father was mad: better his son should be painting the house in Chicago than off swimming in London. Even when Wally came home with the zoo-meter free-style championship, his dad, a Polish emigrant who speaks only a little English, balked at letting him go to Bermuda to swim again. He stuck a paintbrush in Wally's fin, and spoke one word of English forcibly: "Commence."

Last week, his chores done, 25-year-old

Swimmer Ris was in Florida. At Daytona Beach's Welch Pools, he...

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