Ilsa and Jon Konrads, Australia's latest whiz kids, threw chlorinated water set into full-scale tizzy with their record-breaking exploits in New South Wales championships at Sydney (see page 24), smashing four world freestyle marks with bang heard as far off as 1960 Olympics. Ilsa, Latvian-born, 13-year-old ash blonde, swirled through 800 meters in 10:11.1 and 880 yards in 10:17.7 (Jan. 9); Jon, her 15-year-old brother, covered 880 in 9:17.7, was given credit for same time for 800 meters.
This is an article from the Jan. 20, 1958 issue
Buddy Werner, shy, 21-year-old skier from Steamboat Springs, Colo., trailed Toni Sailer in downhill, finished third in slalom, but piled up enough points to win Lauberhorn combined title at Wengen, first major European ski victory by American male.
Bobby Fischer, 14-year-old from Brooklyn, who has become as skillful at end-game play as in midgame strategy, held International Grand Master Samuel Reshevsky to draw, went on to add U.S. chess title to national open, in New York (see page 26).
Jan Loudermilk, 17, Big Spring, Texas, high school senior who has learned to use his 6 feet 6 inches and 215 pounds to good advantage underneath basket, scored 75 points against Odessa's Ector High, brought college scouts beating path to his door.