Taormina takes solace in knowing she didn't quit on her Olympic dream

Updated: August 22, 2008, 5:54 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- When Sheila Taormina has time to let this final Olympics marinate, she'll think of Sudee and Liangliang fondly.

The sword, however, is something she'll try to forget.

Taormina's dismal fencing performance dashed any hopes the American had for medaling Friday night in women's modern pentathlon. The 39-year-old Livonia, Mich., native, the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in three different sports, finished last in fencing and ended up 19th overall in the ...

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