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Americans hitting full stride

Updated: September 9, 2004, 6:24 PM ET
By Jess Myers | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- As he prepared to face Finland in the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey, Team USA forward Keith Tkachuk talked about the importance of peaking at the right time and finishing strong. He spoke like an authority on the topic, and if you were to ask for his credentials, Tkachuk might show you an Olympic silver medal to prove that he knows of which he speaks.

It was just two years ago in Salt Lake City that the Americans learned that lesson from 20 professors with red ...

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