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In the end, Greece did it

Updated: September 10, 2004, 7:57 AM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic Games in Athens were supposed to be a small sports and cultural festival in a small but famous city. The 1896 Games, that is.

These 2004 Games were neither small nor always festive but they were surely delivered here, in this improbable host city by the sea, as advertised for years by often embattled organizers. Unmistakably, these were "unique games on a human scale."

Memories of any Olympic experience soften with time and, some day, we'll all forget ...

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