A CALL TO FAME PIERCES
STAR'S WORLD OF SILENCE
BY JEAN SHARLEY
Free Press Staff Writer
The silent world in which Fred Savinsky lives and dreams is
for him now - and the dreams are of gold medals.
The 15-year-old swimmer from the Cousino High School in
Warren was chosen
in October as a candidate for a spot on the United States squad for the
10th International Games for the Deaf to be held in Washington, D.C. in
He is an entrant for the 100-meter, 400-meter and
for the 200-meter butterfly and for two relay competitions. The three
men chosen for the U.S. team will compete against deaf athletes from 25
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IN THE FITZGERALD High School pool, in Warren, Mich.,
swam the 200-meter butterfly in 2:20 minutes - the best for any young
in the country, his coach, John Wieck, believes.
"He'll improve his time before June." said Wieck. "He'd had
a long layoff
last summer and lost all of September as well."
Wieck, Fitzgerald coach for nine years and summer swim coach
Birmingham Athletic Club, also coached Ron Morris, the young Birmingham
diver who won the gold medal for diving in the 1961 Deaf Olympics in
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SAVINSKY, who began swimming at 7, has 128 trophies-all won
with non-handicapped youngsters. "He may be ahead of the other deaf
because he's working out with high school swimmers with full hearing,"
Savinsky, the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Savinsky, of
Drive, in Warren, lost his hearing from an ear infection shortly after
"He's always been cheerful," his mother said. "He accepts
without bitterness: he likes being with people.
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"HE STARTED swimming at Nolan Elementary School and seemed
to be a natural.
The minute he gets home from school, I drive him over for a two-hour
We heard that the Olympics would be held in the United States for the
time and sent for an application."
On June 15, the training period for the meet will be held at
College, in Washington, the world's only college for the deaf. During
two weeks, the three starters for the men's swim team will be
The final competition will involve 700 athletes. In 1961,
Germany each won 68 medals, the United States, 66. But the United
won 36 gold medals compared to 26 for Russia and 24 for Germany.
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IN TRYING to achieve Olympic form, Savinsky has problems. He
hear the coach's instructions, cannot pace himself by the sounds of
behind him. Although he lip-reads, he often has difficulty
"But he has an excellent attitude," Wieck said. "He's
kid here. They know what he's training for and when he goes to
everybody will be pulling for him."