Sport: Muscular Missionaries

In Sweden, gymnastics is a national pastime, embraced with evangelical fervor. Last week a 13-man group of muscular missionaries from Sweden, including the nation's entire eight-man Olympic team, reached the University of Illinois in the course of a 10,000-mile tour to carry the calisthenic word to the New World. The Swedes gave a packed house of 4,000 Illini an athletic eyeful. In turn, the Swedes were given a tumbling treat by U.S. Champion Dickie Browning that left them gasping.

Following their regimen, the Swedes ate nothing for four hours before the meet. Explained Coach Erik Linden, 46, known as the father...

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