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Rudic has U.S. men ready to medal

Updated: August 19, 2004, 12:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Coach Ratko Rudic describes the U.S. Olympic team's preparation for Athens as much-needed "suffering'' years.

Rudic, who guided Yugoslavia to Olympic final victories over the United States in 1984 and '88 and then took the Italians to gold in 1992, thought American men's water polo was in crisis when he was hired three years ago.

"I came to the United States and I found a 'tragical' situation,'' he said. "I came from a different background, Europe. (The Americans) ...

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