Sport: Olympic Finale

The last full day of the Olympic Games dawned with Russia's athletes still in the lead. Their team margin over the U.S., heavily beefed by their peerless women athletes, had dwindled to a shaky 24½ points—but it was still a lead, and the U.S. team knew it was facing the day of decision.

Victory for the U.S. came in the eleventh-hour style of Frank Merriwell, a U.S. Olympian most Russians never heard of. Among the point-grabbers:

¶ California's shapely Mrs. Patricia McCormick, already winner of the women's springboard-diving title, climbed the ladder, and with a...

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