Olympics: Paper Tourist: A Yank in Moscow

His métier is writing, his love is sport, and in combining the two he has become a professional Walter Mitty, as such books as Out of My League and Paper Lion attest. His role this time was not to play but to watch, to go to the Moscow Olympics as that rara avis, given the U.S. boycott, an American tourist at the Games.

"The big problem," a friend of mine said just before I left for Moscow, "is what country—with the U.S. out because of the boycott—you're going to root for."

"Do you have any...

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