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Hometown athletes: Northeast

N.J. equestrian gets bronze in jumping

6:50 pm | August 27, 2004 | On a star-crossed night for the U.S. equestrians in individual show jumping, Chris Kappler left with a bronze medal and an injured horse.

Jersey girls enjoy golden moment

8:00 pm | August 26, 2004 | Christie Rampone was about to receive her first Olympic gold medal, on one of those memorable nights in a faraway country, and she couldn't believe who was standing at her side -- a familiar face from New Jersey.

Wadlow, Spaulding finish fifth in sailing

2:21 pm | August 26, 2004 | Former New Jersey residents Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding finished in fifth place overall in the 49er sailing class after the 16th and final race Thursday at the Summer Olympics.

Dorival qualifies for 110-hurdles semifinals

7:16 pm | August 25, 2004 | Dudley Dorival is in Thursday's 110-meter high hurdles semifinals but fellow New Jersey resident Todd Matthews Jouda won't be joining him.

Americans out-jump Sweden for equestrian silver

8:00 pm | August 24, 2004 | Germany breezed to equestrian gold in the team jumping competition Tuesday night, leaving the United States to out-duel Sweden in a jump-off for the silver medal.

Wadlow, Spaulding won't sail into final

1:40 pm | August 24, 2004 | A first-place finish was little consolation for Tim Wadlow and Peter Spaulding on the afternoon their Olympic medal dreams washed away on the Saronic Gulf Tuesday.

Column: O’Reilly’s kick was a torch passed

6:00 pm | August 23, 2004 | On a hot Monday night, 19-year-old Heather O'Reilly gave her soccer idol something she'll definitely remember, banging home a pass from Mia Hamm for a game-winning goal.

New Yorker comes in 43rd in women's racewalk

11:51 am | August 23, 2004 | It took more than a dozen years to reach the Olympic Games, but Teresa Vaill wasn't exactly satisfied with her one-hour, 38-minute, 47-second performance in the 20-kilometer racewalk Monday.

Mahon fails to qualify for hammer finals

10:34 am | August 23, 2004 | The 29-year-old Orange, Conn., resident and Yale assistant coach was unable to reach the 12-woman Olympic hammer throw final Monday and announced she was going to take a break from track and field.

U.S. woman finishes 14th in Europe sailing class

3:49 pm | August 22, 2004 | Meg Gaillard finished 19th in Sunday's final race in the Olympic Europe sailing competition, ending up in 14th place overall in a field of 25.

Men's epee team settles for sixth place

3:35 pm | August 22, 2004 | The Summer Olympics ended for the U.S. men's epee team with a sixth-place finish in competition Sunday.

U.S. show-jumping team off to good start

3:09 pm | August 22, 2004 | Ten perfect qualifying scores were produced on the first day of individual jumping at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre on Sunday - and two of them were by Americans.

Wrong target costs shooter gold

2:54 pm | August 22, 2004 | He took careful aim, fired ... bull's eye -- only Matt Emmons' shot pierced the wrong target, resulting in a score of 0 and costing the New Jersey resident an Olympic gold medal.

Joyce adds 2nd silver to collection

6:21 pm | August 21, 2004 | Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce of Rochester, N.Y., arrived in Athens an Olympic rookie. She will return home a two-time silver medalist.

Johnson, U.S. archery team fail to medal

1:01 pm | August 21, 2004 | The U.S. men's archery team, including four-time Olympian Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., just missed out on a medal Saturday, losing to Ukraine 237-235 in the bronze-medal match.

Quad sculls crew takes 11th place

11:41 am | August 21, 2004 | The U.S. men's quadruple sculls team finished 11th overall Saturday at the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center.

New Jersey hurdler carries Liberia's hopes

10:40 am | August 21, 2004 | The weight of Liberia's Olympic aspirations rest on the sturdy shoulders of Sultan Tucker - a resident of Glassboro, N.J. who was born and raised in the U.S. but is eligible to compete for the west African nation because his mother was born there.

Column: Wambach takes golden opportunity

10:26 pm | August 20, 2004 | The woman with the golden shoes continues her emergence as the golden girl of U.S. soccer.

Harris eliminated in high jump

9:14 pm | August 20, 2004 | As a dozen of the world’s top high jumpers were rising to the occasion Friday night at Olympic Stadium, Tora Harris was enduring one of his least successful meets in years.

Column: Wambach aims to help U.S. soccer team deliver gold

7:21 pm | August 20, 2004 | Five matches into these Games, Abby Wambach continues her emergence as the golden girl of U.S. soccer.

Joyce advances to 50-freestyle finals

4:18 pm | August 20, 2004 | Kara Lynn Joyce accomplished what she had hoped Friday night, winning her heat in the 50-meter freestyle and moving on to Saturday's final.

Heyl bows out in single kayak semifinals

1:38 pm | August 20, 2004 | Brett Heyl of Norwich, Vt., was unable to match his fifth-place qualifying position in the men's single kayak and failed to make it out of Friday's semifinal round at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Lochte gets silver; Joyce places 5th

12:21 am | August 20, 2004 | Had Ryan Lochte been swimming in a different era, this Olympic experience might have been even more golden.

Hammer thrower hopes to nail medal

11:29 am | August 19, 2004 | Anna Norgren Mahon reached a major milestone with a seventh-place finish in the World Track and Field championships last August and she's planning to do a lot better in the Olympic Games.

Heyl fifth after first day of single kayak

11:26 am | August 19, 2004 | All it took was one good heat Thursday for American kayaker Brett Heyl to put himself in a good position for an Olympic medal.

Age gap can be fun for O'Reilly, soccer mates

10:32 am | August 19, 2004 | She is 19, almost young enough to be their daughter, so it's no surprise that the age difference between Heather O'Reilly and her thirty-something teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team leads to some interesting experiences.

Quadruple sculls team eliminated in semifinals

10:14 am | August 19, 2004 | The Czech Republic, Russia, Belarus and Estonia out-rowed the United States, which finished only ahead of Switzerland.

Joyce reaches final in 100 freestyle

6:12 pm | August 18, 2004 | Kara Lynn Joyce, already owner of a silver medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle, remained on track to bring back four medals Wednesday by qualifying for Thursday night’s final in the 100 freestyle.

U.S. quadruple rowers cruise into semis

3:05 pm | August 17, 2004 | The U.S. quadruple sculls team of Kent Smack, Brett Wilkinson, J. Sloan DuRoss and Ben Holbrook made the semifinal of the men's quadruple sculls with a comfortable first-place finish Tuesday.

Conn. archer blown off course in medal quest

4:03 pm | August 16, 2004 | Since archery was reintroduced in the Olympic Games in 1972, the U.S. has won 13 medals, second to the Koreans' 21.

Carrick, Williams unflappable in dressage

12:03 pm | August 16, 2004 | Going into Tuesday's cross-country journey, Williams was in 21st place while the U.S. team was 4th.

N.J. fencer foiled in second round

10:20 am | August 16, 2004 | Kellner now prepares for Saturday's men's foil team competition in which the United States is seeded seventh among eight teams.

Coaching Dutch team suits Johnson just fine

7:10 pm | August 15, 2004 | After a major league playing career that saw him earn All-Star honors four times and a managing career that saw him lead four teams to divisional titles, Davy Johnson now finds himself serving as a bench coach for the Netherlands.

Judo medal hopes end in first round

2:46 pm | August 15, 2004 | Alex Ottiano's quest for an Olympic judo medal ended early on Sunday when he lost to third-ranked Magomed Dzhafarov of Russia in the 145-pound half lightweight class.

Wind hinders men's quadruple scullers

12:34 pm | August 15, 2004 | Kent Smack, whose hometown is Clinton, N.J., and Brett Wilkinson of Lawrenceville, N.J., finished fourth in their heat of the men's quadruple sculls Sunday at the Olympic Regatta.

Bruised Wambach won't back down

6:36 pm | August 14, 2004 | Abby Wambach lifted her T-shirt and pointed to a gruesome, three-inch gash on the left side of her abdomen, the result of one of her many close encounters with Brazilian soccer defenders.

New York sailor prepared for shifty Athens winds

4:26 pm | August 14, 2004 | Meg Gaillard, a member of both the American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. and the Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island, will be America's representative in the Europe Class of the Olympic sailing regatta, which opens Sunday, and has solid medal prospects.

Shooter cleans up, but not in medals chase

1:52 pm | August 14, 2004 | Turner will get another shot at an Olympic medal on Tuesday in the free pistol competition.

Iverson embraces Olympic challenge

4:07 pm | August 13, 2004 | Olympic preliminary-round play begins Sunday with a game against Puerto Rico.

World Series rings give way to Olympic rings

3:55 pm | August 13, 2004 | The United States isn't here to defend the Olympic baseball crown but a heap of other Americans are here to play for the host country.

Shooter Turner pictures success

2:45 pm | August 13, 2004 | It helped that he had a very good Pan Am Games last year, making him one of the up-and-coming shooters for Team USA.

'Mission' comes before ceremony for soccer team

2:33 pm | August 13, 2004 | The U.S. women's soccer team did not march in Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

Kellner never foiled by security

7:10 pm | August 12, 2004 | Fencers carry weapons to compete in their sport, but Dan Kellner of Warren, N.J., said he has never had any problem getting through security.

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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE

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Phelps' big win: Taking the challenge

BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

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

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