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Tragedies consume Cormier

Updated: August 19, 2004, 2:03 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The wrestling mat always was the place for U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier to burn off aggression and transform a not-always-easy life.

More times than he liked, it also was a refuge for releasing sorrow.

At 25, Cormier has known an uncommon amount of tragedy, including the death of his infant daughter in an auto accident last year.

The adversity didn't prevent him from reaching the Olympics -- at times, he turned it into motivation. But it took a lot of joy out of ...

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