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Second-ranked American finishes ninth

Updated: August 27, 2004, 12:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Mary McConneloug doesn't need much to be happy.

She and her boyfriend spend a few months each year in Chilmark, Mass., staying in a 10-by-10-foot cabin that has electricity but no running water. When traveling, they spend the nights sleeping in their van and cook most of their meals along the roadside.

So is finishing ninth at her first Olympics good enough?

"Hell, yeah! Inner gold," McConneloug said.

When racing against Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle, "inner ...

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