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NBC Universal's gamble on Olympics pays off

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.

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.

Security issues fade as Games roll smoothly to close

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.

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.

USA water polo team defeats Italy

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.

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.

Senior's pentathlon comeback ends

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.

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.

After Games, no firm plans for venues

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.

McDonald just short of equestrian bronze

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.

Ward upsets Russian to stay in boxing medal hunt

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.

Quest for gold won't end with Olympics

10:55 pm | August 24, 2004 | For most Olympians, the most lucrative gigs after the Athens Games will be public speaking opportunities.

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.

Notebook: Horse injured in team jumping

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.

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: The little-known stories behind the headlines

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.

Idaho's McDonald moves up to 4th in dressage

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.

Vargas' medal quest goes unfulfilled

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.

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.

Graves fails to reach skeet finals

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.

Column: Dimas golden in any finish

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.

Idaho equestrian sparks U.S. to bronze

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.

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.

Lott-Hogan gets second chance in heptathlon

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.

U.S. team closer to sailing medal

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.

U.S. equestrian team optimistic

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.

Ailing Parker fails to advance in hammer

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.

Nunn fades to 26th in 20K walk

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.

Iowa hammer thrower bows out with a smile

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.

Tennessee grad seeks steeplechase history

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.

Arizona shooter fades to seventh

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.

Lindquist bids for women's triathlon medal

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.

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.

Roddick, Venus Williams ousted in tennis

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.

Notebook: All for Ali

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.

Rubin eliminated in tennis by Mauresmo

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.

Vargas cruises into boxing quarterfinals

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.

Arizona shooter hits running targets

9:50 am | August 18, 2004 | Adam Saathoff is tied for second after Wednesday's first round of Olympic 10-meter running target competition.

Arpin, Canada nip U.S. in women's water polo

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.

Oregon fencer wins gold after late invitation to Games

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.

Oregon fencer learns painful Olympic lesson

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.

Oregon fencer ousted in first round

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.

U.S. stays unbeaten in water polo

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.

Wilson's lofty hopes take unexpected tumble

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.

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.

Notebook: A pointed sibling rivalry

2:39 pm | August 16, 2004 | Fencing's version of Venus and Serena Williams are hoping to make history at these games.

Ill-timed peek costly for teenage trap shooter

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.

Technical problems help push Parker to 8th

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.

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.

Inconsistent archer no match for winds

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.

Rubin not satisfied with tennis win

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.

Notebook: Multi-tasking hurdler

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.

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.

Senior Olympian gets second medal shot

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.

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.

Army marksman doesn't make the cut

12:17 pm | August 14, 2004 | Szarenski tied for 13th in the men's 10m air pistol competition.

Notebook: Currency at the ready

4:14 pm | August 13, 2004 | The Olympic Superstore, official purveyor of all things licensed, opens for business.

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.

2000 experience puts shooter on target for improvement

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.

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.

Coach’s competition loss motivates Mattern

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.

Sailor dad unknowingly groomed an Olympian

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.

Some events aren't your father's games

7:24 pm | August 11, 2004 | The Athens Games will host some sports with an X-Game feel and X-appeal.

Little-known sports require big effort

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.

Olympic-related Web sites

6:50 pm | August 11, 2004 | When TV coverage isn't enough, there's always the Internet.

Companies' gear gives athletes an edge

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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Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

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Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

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