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McCools watch along with Courtney

Updated: August 17, 2004, 10:07 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Short and pudgy, he leaned in and yelled "Hey, Courtney!" as she and her U.S. women's teammates entered the arena on Tuesday night. She didn't hear her dad, didn't look up, didn't smile. But it was easy to spot which one was her. The one with her jumpsuit on. The one not warming up. The one not sweating. The only one.

Mike McCool, his lip quivering, took a deep breath, then choked up, as he'd done a lot the past two days. He knew the next three hours weren't going ...

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