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The modest value of Beijing bling

No gold? No problem! Eric Raskin writes that coming up short in Beijing will have little impact on an Olympian's career once he turns pro.

Originally Published: August 11, 2008
By Eric Raskin | ESPN.com

Imagine an exceptionally talented amateur fighter, one with blazing hand speed, legitimate knockout power and, as a bonus, the kind of rosy-cheeked smile you simply can't teach.

He goes to the Olympics and loses a controversial decision in the opening round because his blurs of combination punches get him nowhere under the modern computer scoring system. He comes home to no fanfare, modest interest from promoters and a lot to prove before any of the networks are prepared to offer him a ...

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