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At what price Olympic glory?

Updated: July 15, 2004, 7:12 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Tucked just under Erik Vendt's suit line is a modest tribute to those who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks: A tattoo with a circle frames the familiar towers and a setting sun illuminates the numbers 9/11.

"At the risk of sounding arrogant, we are the greatest country in the world," said Vendt, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the 400-meter individual medley. "Like any other American, 9/11 changed my life. I've always had a lot of pride in my country, but it really came ...

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