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U.S. women stay focused on team final after messy qualifying round

Updated: August 11, 2008, 11:47 PM ET
Reuters

BEIJING -- A sleepless night beckons for Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei, but it is not just the pressure of leading the host nation's bid for their first Olympic women's team crown that is worrying her -- it is the 10:30 a.m. start for the final.

Traditionally medals in the sport are contested in the evening, but NBC wanted morning finals to show on prime-time TV in the United States, which has meant some athletes face wake-up calls as early as 6 a.m.

"I'm tense about it because I'll ...

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