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U.S. women let mistakes overcome them as China wins gold

Updated: August 13, 2008, 12:58 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BEIJING -- Alicia Sacramone crouched on the ground near the floor, her head buried in her hands, disbelief etched across her face.

The Olympic gold medal was in the Americans' grasp, the title that would say, yes, they really are the world's best team. And they fumbled it away.

With a fall off the beam here, a splat on the floor there and two more steps out of bounds Wednesday, the Americans all but personally handed the gold medals to the Chinese team and settled for silver.

China's ...

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