Sport: The Pain-Am Games

Since their inception in 1951, the quadrennial Pan-American Games have served as a kind of Olympic warmup session for strong U.S. teams. American athletes have so dominated the Pan-Am Games, in fact, that International Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage began to wonder whether they might be too good for their own good. Shortly before the opening of the sixth Pan-Am Games in Cali, Colombia, the 83-year-old Brundage observed: "It doesn't look good for the U.S. to be collaring three-quarters of the Pan-Am medals. It's not good for sports, the games or the U.S. There has to be some resentment by...

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