Sport: Four Years from Olympus

Thin shadow's slanted across the late afternoon, streaking the slate-grey waters of the Severn. On the Annapolis shore, spectators took a long second look at the river. Was the haze-dimmed sun playing tricks, or was that an extra shell rowing out to the starting line for the annual Navy-Princeton varsity crew race? To sharp eyes, five interlocked circles, the Olympic insigne. stenciled on the shell's bow. explained the interloper's presence. The "Admirals." Navy's 1952 champions, were back in competition, tuning up to try for a second Olympic title.

Officially, the Olympians were not even in the race. On the record books, wher...

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