Master of the Games: Peter Ueberroth

Peter Ueberroth Has Described Himself As Both Shy and Ruthless. His Associates Say He Is Demanding and Self-Demanding. Behind His Laid-Back Style Is the Toughness That Made Him So Right for an Olympia

Control. Ever since he was a boy, he has needed to be in control. Long before he appeared out of nowhere five years ago to organize and eventually dominate the 23rd Olympic Games, Peter Ueberroth was always in charge of his life. At 16, he left home voluntarily (even though his parents never really understood why) to live and work in a nearby orphanage. He liked the independence and affection he got there.

Such great control. His bland face and laid-back manner rarely reveal his inner feelings. Those who know him well say Ueberroth is a fascinating paradox, an idealist with...

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