The Olympics: Back on the Gold Standard

Rarely in the 72-year history of the modern Olympic Games has another country managed to win more gold medals than the U.S. That event last occurred at Rome in 1960, when the Russians collected 43 to the Americans' 34 by scoring heavily in such events as gymnastics, Greco-Roman wrestling and canoeing. No such upset is likely in the 1968 Olympics, which begin next week in Mexico City. Though the competition will be tougher than ever, with a record 7,226 athletes from 119 countries, U.S prospects have never looked brighter, particularly in the major Olympic sports—track and field, and swimming....

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