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Up close with Jenny Finch and the women's Olympic softball team


Roots attire: The next big thing in sports fashion

Training at high altitude

Women's hoops leaders

No. 1 archer shoots for dream

Team USA rower Kent Smack shows off flags he gathered from other athletes Sunday during the closing ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympics. (Gannett News Service, Robert Scheer) | More photos


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Olympics 2004 were games of education, enlightenment

5:40 pm | August 29, 2004 | Aristotle would have been proud ... the Greeks pulled it off. They can take a rightful bow, and would probably appreciate an apology.

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

Biggest winner of 2004 Olympics: Greece

The Summer Games belong here, in the Olympic cradle, and just one pilgrimage to Ancient Olympia would tell you that. Zeus doesn't play Paris or Moscow, London or Times Square. This is the gods' homecourt. It shouldn't go abandoned for the next 108 years.

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Athens scores satisfying win

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

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DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

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

There is a platinum medal to be awarded. There are three teams competing for the highest honor of the 2004 Olympics. They're not men's teams.

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LYNN HENNING | The Detroit News

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

The verbal fracas after the U.S. men's basketball team's victory over Spain further illustrates how a once-mighty basketball power has gone from beloved to hated.

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BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

It was Black Friday for U.S.

On a day that was Olympic in scope both for its shock value and its intrinsic weirdness, the American delegation had what can only be described as a really lousy 24 hours.

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Young Chinese team exerts its strength

9:32 pm | August 29, 2004 | With a national record 63 medals, 32 of them gold, China's athletes showed in Athens they are primed to pump up host-country passions four years from now with a serious run at the USA's Summer Games medal supremacy.

Boxer ends drought, earns gold for USA

7:39 pm | August 29, 2004 | Andre Ward was the first U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the Athens Olympics, ending two weeks of frustration for the team that once dominated in the ring.

USA surpasses its medals goal

6:59 pm | August 29, 2004 | Steven Lopez's gold medal in the taekwondo competition was one of a flurry of medals at the Games' finish that pushed the United States over its publicly stated goal of 100 medals and kept the U.S. team on top of the medal count for a third consecutive Olympics.

Jamaican bobsledders race to find sponsors

11:32 pm | August 29, 2004

NBC Universal's gamble on Olympics pays off

11:30 pm | August 29, 2004

Security issues fade as Games roll smoothly to close

7:22 pm | August 29, 2004

South Korean gymnast appeals to arbitrator

6:43 pm | August 29, 2004

Athens games heralded as success

2:30 pm | August 29, 2004

Deposed USOC chief feels pride from a distance

1:39 pm | August 29, 2004

Medal try slips away from wrestler Williams

12:47 pm | August 29, 2004

Notebook: Wrestler takes gold on road

12:04 pm | August 29, 2004

Cormier outwrestled for bronze

12:01 pm | August 29, 2004

Men's volleyball team improves, but still no medal

10:53 am | August 29, 2004

USA water polo team defeats Italy

10:27 am | August 29, 2004

Young track stars boost U.S. medal count

9:44 pm | August 28, 2004



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