An SI Special

17 HALFWAY AT CORTINA—RUSSIA TAKES OVER
Making their first appearance in history at a Winter Olympic Games, the single-minded, intensely trained athletes of the Soviet Union have already come close to dominating them. ANDRE LA GUERRE files a revealing story from Cortina and discusses the issues raised for Americans by the Moscow method. Plus an illustrated Olympic Scoreboard

24 A DUCK HUNT IN VENICE
It's only an hour's ride from the city of canals to the broad marshlands beyond, but the duck hunting on private preserves there is rated among the best in Europe. A report on a day's hunt, with four pages of photographs IN COLOR by JERRY COOKE, plus a summary of the best places to hunt ducks on the Continent

30 PART II: AVERY BRUNDAGE
The Greek ideal behind the Olympic Games was to make men better. That, writes ROBERT CREAMER in this concluding article, is the answer of the outspoken Mr. Brundage to those who would bar the Russians from the Games today

33 THE BRONZE AGE IN BOATING
Among the prettiest fixtures of sport are the bronze fittings being manufactured for boats. Here is a nautical roundup of the finest, in four pages of pictures

41 SOCCER'S OLD MAN STANLEY
England's greatest player is a balding gentleman of 41 who might pass easily for a Mr. Milquetoast off the field

46 HERO WORSHIP AT WORK
Big league baseball and professional football stars at a youth rally in Denver speak of spiritual life in terms of the games they know best—and scow a direct hit with youthful admirers

52 THE TRIALS AT PLUM CREEK
They wear pinks and derbies on the hunt in Colorado and it all seems very traditional. But the horses are different—and so is the quarry. With two pages IN COLOR

THE DEPARTMENTS:

4 SCOREBOARD
13 EVENTS & DISCOVERIES
57 SNOW PATROL
58 FISHERMAN'S CALENDAR
60 COMING EVENTS
61 THE 19TH HOLE
64 PAT ON THE BACK

6 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks outstanding fisherwomen: Which is the gamest fish to land and on what tackle?

10 Tip from the Top: HARRY COOPER advises golfers to hold their heads steady

37 Sport in Art: Contemporary British artists record in sensitive color their countrymen's love of soccer

44 Track: ROY TERRELL reports on three new games which might be on the U.S. manifest when the U.S. Olympic team takes off for Australia

45 Golf: HERBERT WARREN WIND has a chat with the perfect caddy, Mr. Timms from England, who is assisting at Florida these days

50 Boxing: BUDD SCHULBERG, the embattled APPPFFer, spins a fairy tale about a giant killer called Helfand

51 Tennis: WILLIAM F. TALBERT foresees a new court rivalry: Russia is preparing a powerful drive for international honors

57 Ski Tip: SEPP RUSCHP, major-domo at Stowe, Vt., gives some valuable pointers about skiing on frozen snow and ice

59 Yesterday: Classics Teacher Annie Smith Peck scaled the Matterhorn at 45 and went on to become the greatest woman climber of her day

Acknowledgments on page 60

COVER: RALPH MILLER

Photograph by Eric Schaal

At the end of the first exciting week of the Winter Olympics (see page 17) the athletes of Russia, Austria and Finland had raced off with an impressive stack of medals. In the final events, U.S. hopes rest with its figure skaters and with skiers like Ralph Miller, who is rated top favorite in the downhill by Otto Menardi, architect of the rugged Cortina course.

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IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

THE WINTER OLYMPICS: THE FINAL WEEK
A summary and a critique by SI reporters and photographers of the climactic contests on Cortina's ice and snow—plus the full results in an Olympic Scoreboard

CONVERSATION PIECE: SUBJECT: DICK IRVIN
Whitney Tower accompanies the Chicago Black Hawks' coach on the road trip and presents an unusual report: the thoughts of a great man in hockey on the game that is his life

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