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Women's gymnastics team has golden chance

Updated: August 17, 2004, 7:22 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Remember the 2000 Games? There were no cereal boxes. No commercials. No celebrations. No new American prepubescent sweethearts.

All because there were no medals.

Not from women's gymnastics, anyway.

Four years after Kerri Strug's one-footed stab of a gold medal in '96 -- which brought out more tears around our nation than "Beaches" -- Team USA was shut out. And so, we had to look elsewhere for our Olympic hero, and found that hero in ... wait. Who was the hero ...

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