Sport: End of the Affair

Komsomolskaya Pravda called it "the Golden Thursday of Soviet Sport." During twelve gasping hours filled with 25 separate events—mostly such austere undertakings as Greco-Roman wrestling and long-horse vaulting—Russian Olympians won twelve gold medals and the U.S. none. With that, the race between the 16th Olympics' two chief contenders was over. By their grim gleaning of points in the final days, the Russian team gave the U.S. its first beating since 1936 in the overall mathematics of the Olympic Games.

Wasted Words. The last U.S. hope was doused in the tepid water of the Olympic swimming pool, where the Australians turned out to...

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