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Last-place finish is a victory for Jassim

Updated: August 20, 2004, 9:59 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- No, she's not a face.

Or at least she doesn't want to be.

She doesn't want to be a symbol, either, nor the poster girl for President Bush getting four more years. On Aug. 13, Bush unleashed a new ad, featuring an Olympic swimmer, saying that "two more democracies" -- Afghanistan and Iraq -- will be competing in this year's Games thanks to efforts by his Dubyaness.

The lone Iraqi woman in Athens, Ala'a Jassim, doesn't want to be packaged by politicos as living ...

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