How Olympians Have Changed (1924-2014) from AsapSCIENCE on YouTube:

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This is Samuel Goldberg.  Pictured above in 1922, Sam was a short-track speed skating champion from New York.  He failed to qualify for the Olympics in 1928, and an injury before the 1932 Olympic qualifying trials ended his Olympic dreams.

Interestingly, short-track speed skating was removed from the Olympic program after the 1932 Olympic Winter Games, making way for the international form of long-track events you see today. Shortly before he passed away in 1984, Sam advocated passionately his wish for short-track’s return to the Olympics.  I believe his efforts re-ignited interest in this dormant sport: short-track returned as a demonstration event in 1988, and then officially for good in 1992.

Sam was built for short-track racing: relatively short, stealthy, and sneakily strong — just like modern skaters Apolo Onho and J.R. Celski.  Long-track skaters tend to be taller and demonstrate smoother, longer, and more graceful strides during their races.

Sam was a gifted athlete his whole long life.  He gave his grandsons countless lessons on skating, tennis, golf, and life.  I think of him often, especially during these Olympic days!                 — Ned Ketyer