I realize this is not JFK sports, but I'll get there.

As an old, nonathletic, fart, I have been watching the Winter Olympics, and as each time this comes around (I don't watch any winter sports on television, even ice hockey, any other time), I am amazed at a number of things:

1.  What these folks can do with their bodies -- the incredible conditioning and repeated practice that make it possible must be phenomenal.
2.  The fact that the Winter Olympics has been turned into a demolition derby by the addition of several extreme events that didn't even exist when most of us were back at JFK.
3.  The horrible pounding that these incredible athletes can take and remain not only alive and reasonably uninjured, but able to get back into competition.
4.  The utter crassness of the exploitative commercialism that surrounds this beautiful international phenomenon.
5.  The fact that old, cynical me, who in fact decries the change from amateurism to professional sports at the Olympics, a transition that was politically driven and that is virtually complete (a few amateurs still participate, but very few) still sees this as a fine example of international cooperation, even with all the corruption and gamesmanship that reportedly goes into site selection.

I said I'd get back to JFK.  Back in the day (sixties) I doubt that even 10% of us ever gave a thought to Winter Olympics -- maybe a handful paid attention to figure skating this one time every four years that it came up.  We did have a skating rink locally (at Fair Park), and some occasionally skated.  Were lessons even available locally?

But, we had our own Olympian in our teaching and coaching faculty.  One of our coaches, a really nice guy who was well liked by everyone, had competed in the Summer Olympics in pole vaulting in the day of bamboo poles and 12 ft vaults.  For the life of me, I can't remember his name, and in one of the many, many moves that we've made over the years, somehow our _Excalibur_ volumes have disappeared.

What was his name, and does anyone know if he ever made the transition to fiberglass poles and continued in field competition?  Probably, back then, since he'd coached, he would have been ineligible for most "amateur" competitions.

David McNeely