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With Peszek out, U.S. women still advance to team final

Updated: August 10, 2008, 11:22 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- China issued the challenge, and the short-handed U.S. women couldn't answer on Sunday.

Now on to the showdown in the gymnastics team final at the Beijing Olympics, where every element truly counts.

Neither powerhouse was at its absolute best, and the Americans were severely handicapped after Samantha Peszek sprained her left ankle in warm-ups. On floor, vault and balance beam, the Americans could put up only four gymnasts -- meaning they had no room ...

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