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Trojans Louis Zamperini and John Naber make a strong team

Zamperini the track star and Trojans legend and Naber the swimmer are separated by about 40 years but share bonds as USC athletes and Olympians. And they are fast friends.

November 28, 2011
(Ricardo DeAratanha…)

John Naber is 55 and Louis Zamperini will be 95 in January, but they have two significant things in common: Both were Olympians and both were USC Trojans.

And that is enough.

Naber, who lives in Pasadena, was a USC swimming star who won five medals — four of them gold — at the MontrealOlympics in 1976.

Zamperini, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, was a track phenom at USC. And though he didn't win an Olympic medal, folded on a table in his living room is a swastika flag he tore from a wall and took home as a souvenir from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Most of Zamperini's story is well-known, chronicled in the bestselling book "Unbroken," which was published a year ago.

-- Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times

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