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      U.S.A.F. Pre-Olympic Trials

     The United States Air Force has divided the country 

into four areas for athletic activities.  The Eastern Area 

is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River and on 

the south by the southern Kentucky and Virginia 

borderlines.  The various areas afford an opportunity 

for Air Force Units to compete for area honors and for 

areas to compete for Air Fore honors.  The sports 

program includes golf, tennis, basketball, bowling, 

boxing and track.

     On the eve of the 1948 Olympics, the USAF desires 

that its youth try out for the United States Olympic 

team.  The winners of events in each area track meet 

will be sent to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, 

Texas, where an Air Force Wide Track Meet will be held.

     The winners of events in the Air Force Meet will 

comprise an Air Force team to compete in Chicago where 

the AAU Olympic Trials will be staged.

              The Olympic Games

     The Olympic Games were first played in ancient 

Greece on the plains of Olympia.  Each state of the 

Greek nation sent representatives to Olympia every four 

years.  The young men contested vigorously for the 

wreath of wild olives with which the winners were 


     To win an Olympic event was one of the greatest 

honors that a young man could give his state.  The 

victors were honored by their states, receiving special 

state honors, having statues erected to perpetuate their 

memory, and frequently being cared for by the state for 

the rest of their lives.

     The ancient Olympics died out about the 4th century 

before Christ are were revived in 1896 in Athens as the 

modern Olympic Games.

     Except for war  interruptions the World Olympics 

have continued to be held by various nations since 1896.  

The United States has won all but three times when Great 

Britain twice and Sweden once defeated her.  This year, 

for the first time since 1936 the World Olympics Games 

will be held in London England.
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