11:30 pm | August 29, 2004 | As the 2004 Athens Olympics recede into the history books, the media outfits that took a chance on the Olympics look golden.
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.
7:22 pm | August 29, 2004 | At the end of the line - having spent a record $1.5 billion, deployed 70,000 security officers and enlisted the assistance of NATO - the single greatest threat to the Games may have been broiling sun.
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.
10:27 am | August 29, 2004 | The men of the U.S. water polo team will not take home a medal, but after a classification match against Italy on Sunday, the team finished in seventh place.
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.
3:32 pm | August 26, 2004 | Chad Senior of Fort Myers, Fla., completed a two-year comeback in the modern pentathlon Thursday with a 13th-place finish at the 2004 Olympics.
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.
10:42 pm | August 25, 2004 | With just four days remaining until the close of the Olympic Games, there is no public plan for the continued use of the sprawling network of costly venues, a government spokesman acknowledged Wednesday.
3:15 pm | August 25, 2004 | Former show jumping rider Debbie McDonald of Hailey, Idaho finshed fourth Wednesday aboard Brentina, her trusty mare, just missing an Olympic bronze medal in equestrian dressage.
11:20 pm | August 24, 2004 | It’s no fun to be an American boxer at the 2004 Olympics but light-heavyweight Andre Ward made a lonely last stand Tuesday in a hostile arena and put U.S. humiliation on hold for at least awhile with a gutsy upset of two-time world-champion Evgeny Makarenko.
10:55 pm | August 24, 2004 | For most Olympians, the most lucrative gigs after the Athens Games will be public speaking opportunities.
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.
2:41 pm | August 24, 2004 | In the equine equivalent of the star quarterback tripping on his way out of the huddle in the big bowl game, a 12-year-old Argentinian mare named Who Knows Lilly, ridden by Frederico Sztyrle, went lame in the left forelimb Tuesday and was taken to a veterinary hospitbal by ambulance.
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.
12:19 pm | August 23, 2004 | A lot of interesting stories have unfolded at these Olympic Games, but we're not sure you've been given all the details.
10:31 am | August 23, 2004 | In the second of three stages of individual dressage grand prix competition, Debbie McDonald moved from fifth to fourth place among the 25 entries in Monday's competition.
5:54 pm | August 22, 2004 | Beads of perspiration that trickled down Devin Vargas' flushed, puffy cheeks mixed with tears Sunday night, a vivid indication that his dream of an Olympic boxing medal had gone unfulfilled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2:21 pm | August 22, 2004 | Todd Graves missed the finals of men's Olympic skeet shooting Sunday and didn't get a chance to defend the bronze medal he won in Sydney.
9:55 pm | August 21, 2004 | Bronze-medal-winning Greek weightlifter Pyrros Dimas is a national hero in a nation that could use one about now.
2:26 pm | August 21, 2004 | Debbie McDonald of Hailey, Idaho, keyed the United States' bronze medal finish in the equestrian grand prix team dressage competition that concluded Saturday at the Summer Olympics.
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.
8:05 pm | August 20, 2004 | After a strong start in the women's Olympic heptathlon Friday, U.S. fans were stunned to see Tiffany Lott-Hogan's heat of the 200-meter dash go off with her stranded in the starting blocks.
4:19 pm | August 20, 2004 | Having just earned their first Olympic sailing victory Friday in the ninth race of the 16-race series, Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding thrust themselves into medal contention.
3:35 pm | August 20, 2004 | The optimism is high and the news is good for the United States Olympic show jumping team, which opens three days of competition Sunday at the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.
11:11 am | August 20, 2004 | James Parker landed in Athens earlier this week and immediately got sick - and he didn't feel any better after Friday's performance in the Olympic hammer throw.
10:53 am | August 20, 2004 | John Nunn set a hot early pace and was the number one U.S. competitor past the halfway post of the Olympic 20-kilometer racewalk Friday on the roads outside Olympic Stadium, but the heat of the racing tempo and the morning sun took its toll and he finished 26th.
10:24 am | August 20, 2004 | Iowa hammer thrower Alfred Kruger had a bad day in his Olympic debut Friday, though you wouldn't know it from the smile on his face.
3:07 pm | August 19, 2004 | Anthony Famiglietti, the University of Tennessee grad who took his first racing strides as a student at New York's Patchogue-Medford High on Long Island, will run the Olympic 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday.
12:05 pm | August 19, 2004 | Adam Saathoff ended his Olympic shooting career on a disappointing note, finishing in a three-way tie for seventh place in the men's 10-meter Running Target Thursday.
12:01 pm | August 19, 2004 | Barb Lindquist is bidding for the first U.S. medal in the triathlon, which is being held for just the second time in the Olympics.
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.
9:52 pm | August 18, 2004 | The United States’ top tennis players, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams, considered gold medal contenders, were ousted Wednesday in the third round in straight sets.
4:16 pm | August 18, 2004 | Iraq light flyweight boxer Najah Ali got a big assist from the U.S. Olympic Committee in his Olympic effort.
2:05 pm | August 18, 2004 | Rubin jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first set, but Mauresmo, the world's second-ranked player, overpowered her from that point on.
11:10 am | August 18, 2004 | Devin Vargas, who survived boxing's grueling Olympic qualifying process to become the American heavyweight,dominated Morocco's Rachid El Haddak Wednesday in their first-round Olympic bout and advanced to the quarterfinals.
9:50 am | August 18, 2004 | Adam Saathoff is tied for second after Wednesday's first round of Olympic 10-meter running target competition.
9:42 am | August 18, 2004 | Marie Luc Arpin has played in hundreds of water polo games since her first at age 11, but never one resembling Wednesday's at the Olympic Aquatic Centre, when Canada ralled to edge the United States, 6-5.
7:02 pm | August 17, 2004 | In what might be the biggest underdog story of these Summer Games, 19-year-old Mariel Zagunis won the women's individual saber Tuesday night.
6:03 pm | August 17, 2004 | Cody Mattern and his U.S. fencing coach, Michael Marx, aren’t big fans of Hungarian nemesis Ivan Kovacs -- ovacs eliminated Marx from a previous Olympic tournament, and on Tuesday he was at it again, taking out Mattern in the men’s individual epee at the Summer Games.
3:35 pm | August 17, 2004 | Seth Kelsey was more nervous than he should have been, and it cost him his Olympic dream, at least for now, when the 1999 graduate of Oregon Episcopal School in Portland dropped his first-round bout in men's individual epee Tuesday.
2:44 pm | August 17, 2004 | The U.S. men's water polo team, which brought the military-like practice training of two-time gold medal winning coach Ratko Rudic to Greece, wore down Kazakhstan, 9-6, on Tuesday at the Olympic Aquatic Center to stay unbeaten after two games in Group A.
6:54 pm | August 16, 2004 | American Ellen Wilson entered her second Olympics with lofty hopes of a top-seven finish, perhaps even a medal, in judo; instead, she was thrown for a loss, dropping both of her matches.
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.
2:39 pm | August 16, 2004 | Fencing's version of Venus and Serena Williams are hoping to make history at these games.
1:54 pm | August 16, 2004 | She missed out on a potential medal by one point because she broke a simple family rule: Never look at the scoreboard.
1:47 pm | August 16, 2004 | The American shooter and 1996 Xavier University graduate had technical problems with his $2,000 rifle, which led to a mental letdown and an eighth-place finish.
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.
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.
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.
4:27 pm | August 15, 2004 | Consistency was gone with the gusts breezing through the site of the Olympic archery competition as the knockout phase of the women's tournament began Sunday, claiming Stephanie Arnold of Portland, Ind., as one of the 32 first round KO's.
3:42 pm | August 15, 2004 | Even after defeating Australia's Samantha Stosur on the first day of women's singles tennis at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Chandra Rubin is still looking to playing better, harder and smarter.
3:03 pm | August 15, 2004 | Brenda Taylor, a 400-meter hurdler from Chula Vista, Calif., didn't take up track and field full time until she was a student at Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in cognitive neuroscience.
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.
10:43 am | August 15, 2004 | Elizabeth ``Libby'' Callahan, 52, the senior member of the entire U.S. Olympic team, still made some rookie mistakes Sunday morning that cost her any chance of advancing to the final round of the women's 10-meter air pistol competition.
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.
1:52 pm | August 14, 2004 | Turner will get another shot at an Olympic medal on Tuesday in the free pistol competition.
12:17 pm | August 14, 2004 | Szarenski tied for 13th in the men's 10m air pistol competition.
4:14 pm | August 13, 2004 | The Olympic Superstore, official purveyor of all things licensed, opens for business.
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.
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.
8:10 pm | August 12, 2004 | Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, a Saginaw, Mich., native, will use what he learned four years ago at Sydney to improve on his 25th place finish and perhaps medal in the air and free pistol events.
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.
7:03 pm | August 12, 2004 | If Seth Kelsey wins gold in men's epee at the 2004 Olympics, look for that old recruitment pitch about “Join the Navy and see the world” to get a slick update featuring the Air Force.
8:15 pm | August 11, 2004 | Bill Haberland never dreamed he was shaping a future Olympian that spring day when he loaded his family aboard a new 21-foot Venture for its first cruise on Lake Michigan, when his daughter Nancy was only 8.
7:24 pm | August 11, 2004 | The Athens Games will host some sports with an X-Game feel and X-appeal.
7:18 pm | August 11, 2004 | Leisure activities that might be backyard, basement or state-park pursuits for most Americans are Olympic sports, contested diligently and on an international scale.
6:50 pm | August 11, 2004 | When TV coverage isn't enough, there's always the Internet.
6:25 pm | August 11, 2004 | The athletic attire that will be worn during the 2004 Summer Olympics has come a long way from the ancient days.
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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY
BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star
DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic
IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News
MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service
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