Olympics: Swim Shorts: Pool Hustlers From the G.D.R.

Pool Hustlers From the G.D.R.

There is little chance of building an Olympic dynasty these days -- newcomers shave world records with every shot of the starting gun. One notable exception: East Germany's women's swimming teams. Since they captured 17 gold and silver Olympic medals in 1976, they have ruled the sport thanks to a combination of Prussian precision and phenomenal dedication. But in Seoul their dynasty will be on the line.

The women from the G.D.R. have not lost their stuff -- they should go home with a sizable medal count -- but the rest of the world just seems to be swimming faster these...

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