COMMENT: Why are so many events being left out of the TV broadcast? How are sports like judo supposed to get more popular when the network doesn't even acknowledge their existence? Why doesn't NBC offer the complete Olympics 24 hours a day on a cable channel? You don't see /th of what's going on. I'm a little disappointed.
Joel Schaffer, Seminole
COMMENT: With all the live events going on, why do we have to watch taped interviews on the Dream Team? Has NBC actually checked to see if the average sports fan cares? For the first time in 20 years, Americans won the 400-meter individual relay. We didn't get to see the medal ceremony, but I bet we will when the Dream Team wins.
Ann Turville, St. Petersburg
Q: Can you tell me the title of the music we've come to associate with the Olympics, who composed it and when?
Bob Durbin, St. Petersburg
A: You probably are referring to Bugler's Dream, written in the 1950s by Leo Arnaud without any connection to the Olympic Games. ABC began using it to introduce the 1968 Games and it is forever linked with the Olympics. When NBC bought the broadcasting rights for the 1988 Games it used its own theme, but eventually went back to the popular Bugler's Dream. Also familiar is John Williams' Olympic Theme, which was written for the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Q: Is it true that there was no Olympic torch relay prior to the 1936 Games in Berlin and that it was started by Adolf Hitler's favorite filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, for her documentary Olympia?
Harry Hodge, Bradenton
A: Not quite. According to a book written by University of Florida classics professor David C. Young, the torch relay originated in 1936. Young said it was invented by Carl Diem, who organized the '36 Games under Hitler and was "seeking to glamorize them under an ancient aura."
For Olympia, the 12-hour film about the 1936 Games, Young said Riefenstahl had the Olympic rings carved into a rock at Delphi, Greece, as a backdrop for torch bearers circling the ruins of the ancient stadium. Years later, two American authors saw the movie prop and mistook it for an ancient inscription, thus starting the myth that the Olympic rings date to ancient Greece. The rings date to 1914, when they appeared on a flag presented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin to the Olympic Congress. (Thanks to Times researcher Kitty Bennett for finding the answer.)