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Host looks to dominate medals in '08

Updated: August 29, 2004, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Even before the athletes claim all the gold at the Athens Games, the buildup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics is in full swing.

They could be the most elaborate, best organized and most competitive games ever. They could also be the toughest yet for the United States.

The countdown to China begins Sunday, when Beijing's mayor takes possession of the Olympic flag during an eight-minute pageant at the Athens closing ceremony tying ancient Olympia to the Great Wall of ...

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