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Phinney can't wait "to impress the king"

Updated: January 6, 2009, 3:56 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Life is sweet for Taylor Phinney this autumn morning as he emerges from the elevator of a boutique hotel in Manhattan with a folded newspaper in hand, heading for breakfast: dialed in, nailed down, cool, comfortable and smooth, like a state-of-the-art bike feels when it becomes an extension of his body.

What's not to like? Phinney, 18, has just come from a group visit to the White House with fellow Olympians and is hanging out for a few days with friends, including ...

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