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Phelps gives Crocker another chance

Updated: August 21, 2004, 9:34 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Seemed like all of America tried to make Michael Phelps an American icon. Turns out, by doing something outside the pool, he's become just that.

History will remember Phelps' records and medals, but our generation should remember something far more important: Phelps gave up an Olympic race to help a teammate redeem himself.

Phelps and Ian Crocker swam side-by-side Friday night, but they were going in opposite directions. Phelps was on a beeline for four individual ...

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