The Olympics: Avalanche at Innsbruck

A curious cosmopolite could learn a lot from last week's ninth Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria. American women have too many teeth, for instance. Russian women have too many muscles. American men are lousy street fighters. Russians ski uphill better than down. Austrians and Frenchmen ski downhill better than anyone. And, above all, for goodness' sake never argue with an Austrian cop.

"Fix! Fix!" Not since the summer games of 1956, when the Hungarians and Russians tried to kill each other in a water polo match, has an Olympics produced so much brouhaha. Dutch speed-skating officials complained that a Swedish...

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