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Paris has managed big sporting events before

Updated: July 3, 2005, 3:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- As an American, Olympic champion Kerri Walsh supports New York's bid to host the 2012 Games -- but she still dreams of playing beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, the favorite in the race to host the games, wants to imbue the Olympics with French flair and romance. How about a beach lined with volleyball nets under the soaring beams of the city's famous iron tower?

"That would be unbelievable," Walsh said. "Obviously I'm partial to New York 2012 ...

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