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