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(Studio) United States athletes have to learn how to breath this year
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Lake Tahoe, California) Torture for long distance runners in Olympics due to Mexico's altitude. Thin air troubles athletes. [ATHLETE - says ran 5 mile and thought he had run 25 mile] [2nd ATHLETE - says air slows you down.] [3rd ATHLETE - says after 6-7 weeks training, it'll be all right.] US Olympic committee fixes training grounds here at exactly same altitude as Mexico. Doctors and coaches study altitude dangers. [US Olympic Med. Adviser Bill BOWERMAN - says athlete could run self into such oxygen debt that he'd be dead in 30 minute Americans recing. training to avoid this.] [SPKR. - tests athletes' tidal volume.] Athlete breathes into tube. Test shown. [Jack DANIELS - explains testing to see what athletes do at altitudes. Can calculate how much oxygen consumed and CO2 produced.] Samples of used air bottled, tested and stored for comparison. Acclimatization takes a while.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
- Drinkwater, Terry;
- Kuralt, Charles
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