Countdown Days until opening ceremonies: 24.

June 25, 1996

Food for thought: Bob Richards, who won the pole vault at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Games: "I think one reason for my dominance in the pole vault was that I drank milk. The rest of the world didn't drink milk. Think about it. The whole world was starving."

More food for thought: Mark McDonald of the Dallas Morning News: "Let's hope the caldron at the Olympic Stadium, the one that will hold the Olympic flame, is a work in progress. Right now, it has a kind of Erector-set base; the caldron itself looks like a McDonald's French fries cup."

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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