Article 095 c.1965
Free Press Staff Writer

The silent world in which Fred Savinsky lives and dreams is singing 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 June, 1965. 
He is an entrant for the 100-meter, 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle, for the 200-meter butterfly and for two relay competitions. The three young men chosen for the U.S. team will compete against deaf athletes from 25 other countries. 

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IN THE FITZGERALD High School pool, in Warren, Mich., Savinsky recently swam the 200-meter butterfly in 2:20 minutes - the best for any young athlete 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 at the Birmingham Athletic Club, also coached Ron Morris, the young Birmingham diver who won the gold medal for diving in the 1961 Deaf Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. 
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SAVINSKY, who began swimming at 7, has 128 trophies-all won in competition with non-handicapped youngsters. "He may be ahead of the other deaf swimmers because he's working out with high school swimmers with full hearing," Wieck said. 
Savinsky, the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Savinsky, of 11708 Canterbury Drive, in Warren, lost his hearing from an ear infection shortly after birth. 
"He's always been cheerful," his mother said. "He accepts his handicap 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 workout. We heard that the Olympics would be held in the United States for the first time and sent for an application." 
On June 15, the training period for the meet will be held at Gallaudet College, in Washington, the world's only college for the deaf. During the two weeks, the three starters for the men's swim team will be chosen. 
The final competition will involve 700 athletes. In 1961, Russia and Germany each won 68 medals, the United States, 66. But the United States 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 cannot hear the coach's instructions, cannot pace himself by the sounds of swimmers behind him. Although he lip-reads, he often has difficulty understanding and speaking. 
"But he has an excellent attitude," Wieck said. "He's inspired every kid here. They know what he's training for and when he goes to Washington everybody will be pulling for him."

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