Tweddle's mettle full of Olympic spirit

Hardly anyone noticed, but Elizabeth Tweddle's gutty effort exemplifies what these Games are about.

Updated: August 20, 2004, 6:58 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Before you turn America's two beautiful gold medal gymnasts into magazine covers and TV stars and cereal boxes, before you bathe in their deserved glory, before you allow them to become the icons of the 2004 Games, there's one person I want you to meet.

You're not going to see her on TV in America, because American TV doesn't broadcast a Brit who was laughed at by people in the stands, who cried as her Olympic medal dreams painfully disappeared. She's no Carly Patterson ...

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