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U.S. divers shut out after 92 years

10:52 am | August 28, 2004 | After an Olympic Games in which American divers failed to win a medal for the first time since 1912, Indiana University coach Jeff Huber is proposing changes to U.S. Diving.

Injury hampers Soldati in diving event

1:14 pm | August 25, 2004 | U.S. diver Kimiko Soldati, suffering from a lingering shoulder injury, failed to qualify Wednesday for the semifinals of the women's 3-meter springboard at the Summer Olympics.

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.

Thompson bows out as top swim medal winner

5:00 pm | August 21, 2004 | Though Jenny Thompson failed to add another gold to her impressive haul Saturday, the silver she acquired in the 4x100-meter medley relay gave her 12 medals in her illustrious career, which made her the most decorated swimmer in Olympic history.

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.

Poor start costs Schoeman gold in 50-freestyle

3:46 pm | August 20, 2004 | Roland Schoeman, 24, finishes the 2004 Games with a bronze, a silver and a gold, which he won Sunday when he and his fellow South Africans took the 4x100 freestyle relay in world record time. He won silver in the 100 freestyle.

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.

Column: Phelps could tie record 8 medals

12:18 am | August 20, 2004 | With two races in two hours, Michael Phelps could pick up two more medals.

U.S. swimmers race to more gold

8:56 pm | August 19, 2004 | Thursday was ultimately the best night of the Olympics for American swimmers, who set three Olympic records in the gold haul.

Schoeman qualifies first in 50 freestyle

3:17 pm | August 19, 2004 | Former University of Arizona swimmer Roland Schoeman of South Africa established himself as a strong candidate for a third medal at these Olympic Games by swimming the fastest time in the men's 50-meter freestyle semifinals Thursday night.

U.S. women smash oldest relay record

8:28 pm | August 18, 2004 | One night after Americans buzzed about a dramatic victory over Australia in the men's 800 freestyle relay, they celebrated a Wednesday blowout when the U.S. women struck gold in the same event, smashing swimming's oldest relay record.

Schoeman just short of freestyle gold

6:19 pm | August 18, 2004 | In a drama-filled Olympic 100-meter freestyle race Wednesday night not decided until the final meter, Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands, the defending Olympic champion, edged out University of Arizona alumnus Roland Schoeman of South Africa.

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 nightís final in the 100 freestyle.

Wilkinson back in chase for diving gold

12:03 pm | August 18, 2004 | Laura Wilkinson is back in the Olympics, the best hope for a U.S. diving team that counts her Sydney gold as its only medal in the last two Games.

American swimmers buoyed by upset over Australians

10:31 pm | August 17, 2004 | Klete Keller, who snow skis when he says he isnít sky-diving, held off Ian Thorpe and a mounting wave of uncertainty about American fortunes Tuesday in dramatic finish to the 800 freestyle relay.

200 individual medley fits Beard perfectly

10:19 pm | August 17, 2004 | Amanda Beard is at her third Olympics, but the 200 individual medley might as well be a new pair of shoes.

S. African swim record has U.S. roots

11:29 am | August 17, 2004 | Frank Busch found his interests both delightfully and distressingly split Sunday night at the Aquatic Centre outdoor pool for the Olympic 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay.

Thorpe wins gold; Phelps sets record

3:52 pm | August 16, 2004 | Phelps' shot at Mark Spitz's record is Thorpedoed

Phelps, Thorpe to go toe-to-toe

11:50 pm | August 15, 2004 | Much more than the heavyweight title of world's greatest swimmer awaits Monday at the Olympic pool.

High noon for swimming's top guns

10:38 pm | August 14, 2004 | Swimming's first two gold medalists at the 2004 Olympics, Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe, are about to confront each other, almost as if it had been planned.

Aussies set relay record, edge U.S.

6:44 pm | August 14, 2004 | Jenny Thompson was red hot, but Jodie Henry was absolutely sizzling, the bottom line on a great women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final that brought down the curtain on the first day of Olympic swimming.

Phelps wins first gold in 400 IM

6:03 pm | August 14, 2004 | Michael Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley on the first day of the Athens Games on Saturday, breaking the world record in the event for the third time this year.

Nerves sink Hoff in preliminaries

9:19 am | August 14, 2004 | At the trials in Long Beach, Calif., last month, she swam 4:37.67, the fastest time in the world this year, marking her as a strong candidate for a medal.

Golden glory changed Spitz's life

2:26 pm | August 13, 2004 | Spitz has met Michael Phelps, who could win up to eight gold medals in Athens, and wished him well.

Phelps' 'bar extremely high'

2:05 pm | August 13, 2004 | By that standard, only eight will be enough.

Diver aching for Olympic opportunity

7:57 pm | August 12, 2004 | Kimiko Soldati's right shoulder is aching - again - but the 30-year-old, Longmont diver vows it won't affect her Olympic performance.

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CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY

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

Phelps, menís hoops team prove that defeat is relative

MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service

U.S. basketball supremacy is ancient history

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