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Nearly flawless, U.S. women win gold

Updated: August 24, 2004, 6:52 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- One last time, the U.S. softball team crowded around its coach and listened.

Two hours after winning their third straight gold medal and posing for pictures, the Americans pulled tightly together, stuck their hands into the middle of the circle and waited for coach Mike Candrea to ask them a question they've heard every day for more than a year.

"Who do you play for?'' he asked.

"U-S-A!'' they screamed.

Loud enough for the whole world to hear.

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