The Olympics: Passionless Games

"Never before have we experienced such dissatisfaction. Awaiting us is the job not only of investigating today's failures, but also of deciding on how to proceed in the future, how to restore what has been lost, how to achieve something new."

Breast beating is common enough in Izvestia. But what was the problem that aggravated the Russians this time? The disappointing showing of Soviet athletes at last month's Olympic Games. The final medal standings at the Mexico City games showed the U.S. with 45 gold, 28 silver and 34 bronze for a total of 107, compared with Russia's 29 gold,...