Sports Illustrated

July 30, 2012

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

As the world descends on London this week for the Olympics, the highest expectations will again fall on Michael Phelps as he begins his quest for more Olympic gold and medal history. SI.com will have complete coverage of the Games, including ...

Olympic Daily: Get the inside track on the day's schedules and what to watch, results and medal trackers, and classic Olympic stories from the SI Vault and daily blog.

Gold medal photography: The latest medal winners and the most arresting images; curated, themed galleries; and exclusive SI photos on Instagram.

Socialympics: Up-to-the-minute Twitter feeds, commentary and the latest buzz from Olympic Park on @SInow.

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FROM THE SI VAULT: JAN. 2, 1956

There was no Roger Bannister in 1955, towering above the field of sport like an Everest, but there was a yellow-haired youngster from the Adirondacks who provided sport's most rousing moment—and became SI's Sportsman of the Year

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ALAN SHIPNUCK

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One measure of greatness is years between first & last major. Jack is the standard, of course, at 24. But Ernie Els, at 18, is pretty close.

JIM TROTTER

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Relations between the NFL and the union are so bad the sides can't even agree on the metrics for setting average career lengths.

ANDY STAPLES

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The NCAA is going to handle stuff that matters? Awesome. Keep doing it and quit acting like a kid commits murder if he sells a jersey.

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS ALLEN; HEINZ KLUETMEIER (PHELPS) PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (SHIPNUCK) PHOTOBETTMANN/CORBIS (TORRE) PHOTORICHARD MEEK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PODRES) PHOTOJOE TOTH/US PRESSWIRE (USA BASKETBALL) THREE PHOTOS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)