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Clutch, and unexpected, performances lead U.S. men's team to podium

Updated: August 12, 2008, 6:07 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- He didn't stop shaking.

The old man was supposed to prepare him for this, but the fact was, a week ago Sasha Artemev wasn't competing for the U.S. men's gymnastics team, and now he was pacing the podium, waiting for the final event -- his only event of the day. One mistake, and the Americans wouldn't medal. How could they prepare for this?

They talked early Tuesday morning by phone, the former Olympian and the shaking one. "Whatever happens," former Russian great ...

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