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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 20, 1912, Image 14

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By James E. Sullivan,
American Commissioner for 1912
Olympic Games
The remarkable showing of
American athletes in. the track
and field section of the Fifth
Olympaidat Stockholm has been
commented upon most ertthusias-
James E. Sullivan.
tically hy every nation represent
ed at Stockholm.
They all seem very anxious to
know hoy America could possi
bly produce such a team.
Whato was our method ?
The answer is that our nation
is an athletic nation., We doh
things here to encourage the
young lad to enter athletics.
But to continue our athletic
supremacy there afe several
things we must do.
We must continue our agita
tion for the creation of play
grounds, athletic tracks, -gymnasiums
and baths throughout the
United States.
It is an acknowledged fact that:
if we can get to the boy of twelve
or fourteen and have him become
interested in athletics and lead a
good life, we are getting to the
fellow who is going to become our.
American champion.
While we are leading the de
velopment of the schoolboy, the
college man ahd the club man, we
have been neglectful of the young
man that works for his living in
the large factories, shops and
mercantile houses.
Our country has been back
ward in organizing factory and
mercantile leagues. Associations
should be for,med or some city
athletic club should be organized
with small dues, for it is from'
these fellows that our great ath
letes will come in future years.
We have been somewhat back-
ward with our distance men-7?
that is, the boys that run two,
three, five and ten miles. We all
wondered at, the running of Kole
mainen and Bouin, and in order
to encourage distance men each
club that holds games will be
compelled to put on a distance
We were also caught napping
in the hop, step and jump. There
11s no reason wny menca snouia
not win that-event, when you con-

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