Foreign News: The Stardom Sickness

With the possible exception of the men who make the Sputniks and a few favored fiddlers, pianists and composers, no one in the Soviet Union enjoys a more enviable lot than the men and women who break sports records. They are pampered and idolized, and, considering their perquisites, they are amateurs only by courtesy. How they behaved outside the stadiums hardly mattered so long as they continued to chalk up a satisfactory quota of victories inside. But last week, as the European championship track and field meet was about to start in Stockholm,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!