My connection with the Landis story was brief but it left an impression. Just as he was closing in on his victory in France when all the world was enthralled by his miraculous comeback victory, I was dispatched to Farmersville in Lancaster County, Pa., to find his parents. I caught up with Arlene and Paul Landis, who are Mennonites, at a modest picnic in a neighbor's backyard. They were very sweet, gracious people -- certainly proud as parents but not wildly celebratory. That was a reflection of their religion, where God is held as the focus rather than man's accomplishments. They saw in their son's triumph some greater divine purpose.