Sport: Faster, Higher, Farther

A flourish of trumpets, a, bronze bowl flaring with fire, a grey whir of pigeons beating upward above the banners of 68 nations, a parade of athletes swearing allegiance to a sportsman's creed—all this proclaimed last week that the 1956 Olympic Games had begun.

The spectacle of 4,500 athletes from 68 countries marching in bright parade to begin the games of the "XVI Olympiad of the modern era" in Melbourne's Olympic stadium could not erase international frictions and political embarrassments. But the worldwide contest of men against men, against time and against records, was under way despite wars and tensions. Competitors who...

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