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Christine Brennan

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Athens scores satisfying win

August 29, 2004 | One of the great upsets in sports history came to pass Sunday night at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games -- simply put, Athens did it.

Like drug issue, judging controversies need major IOC intervention

August 25, 2004 | Has anyone seen Jacques Rogge the past week or so? If you do happen to see the International Olympic Committee president, would you mind telling him that the gymnastics arena has turned into the figure skating venue right before our eyes -- awash in judging controversies.

Gold medal game right place for curtain call

August 23, 2004 | It was a devastating turn of events for America's soccer women. This game was in the bag, a done deal, and now the Germans had found their second wind and were back in the game looking like they could win it.

Only one maneuver remains for Hamm: Give up the gold

August 22, 2004 | U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm finds himself in an impossible situation at these Olympic Games -- it's not Hamm's fault, but it is his opportunity. Hamm should give his gold medal to South Korean Yang Tae-young.

Patterson, like Mary Lou, lands thrilling gold

August 19, 2004 | What Mary Lou Retton accomplished with one vault 20 years ago, Carly Patterson did Thursday night with a scintillating 90-second routine on the floor at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Stepping back in time to Olympia worth long wait

August 18, 2004 | On Wednesday at the 2004 Olympic Games, the shot put never had it so good.

Phelps' big win: Taking the challenge

August 16, 2004 | Phelps didn't even have to swim the 200 freestyle. He didn't have to accept this challenge, and yet he did. He could have taken the easy route and avoided Thorpe.

Greeks have things in order

August 13, 2004 | What if the Olympic Games of Least Expectations actually come off without a hitch? Talk about your great sports upsets.

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MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service

Olympics 2004 were games of education, enlightenment

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IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

Biggest winner of 2004 Olympics: Greece

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CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY

Athens scores satisfying win

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DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

Some U.S. women's teams put on best show in Athens

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LYNN HENNING | The Detroit News

U.S. basketball team has gone from stars to targets

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BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

It was Black Friday for U.S.

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