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McDonald, Brentina lead U.S. dressage

Updated: July 14, 2004, 4:57 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

Like every other Olympic athlete, Brentina loves to compete. And once she's in that zone, she's tough to beat, as evidenced by her No. 2 world ranking.

"She loves to perform," said Debbie McDonald, perhaps the person who knows Brentina best. "She loves the limelight. She loves to go in an arena that's electric and the crowd is screaming and clapping. She's unique that way, she really is."

A slight tendon strain in her leg forced her to take three months off from competition, but conservative ...

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