Athletes of the United States are looking to Duke Kahanamoku, full-blooded Hawaiian, as the only man on the Olympic team from this country who has a chance to win a place in the swimming events.
Kahanamoku is one of the best swimmers ever developed in Hawaii. The warm waters there make it possible to spend the whole day in the surf without becoming chilled, and from childhood the Hawaiians swim more than they walk, that is the younger ones do.
Duke has been tried out repeatedly and his speed and endurance won him a place on Uncle Sam’s Olympic team.
(Day Book, 7/3/1912, p. 29)