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No woman has ever competed at Olympia

Updated: August 16, 2004, 8:32 PM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

OLYMPIA, Greece -- I stand beneath a blinding sun so intense that never again will I wonder how and why Greek women dressed as goddesses ignite the Olympic flame here every two years and send it on its journey to the Games.

Seeking shade, I find instead the sacred remains of the Temple of Zeus, enormous columns scattered like toothpicks by a sixth century earthquake. In its day the massive structure contained a statue of Zeus on his throne 42 feet tall. It was one of the Seven Wonders ...

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