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YOU DON'T HAVE to read the agate type to know how each of these athletes felt about his or her Olympic moment. Hicham El Guerrouj, for instance, looks as if the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders after finally winning a gold in the 1,500m, while Yao Ming can't hide his disappointment with China's play in basketball.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON BRUTY

Flat Out

IT WAS THE grueling end of a grueling competition for the decathletes, who kicked back after completing the 1,500-meter run, the final leg of their event. Roman Sebrle (inset) of the Czech Republic won the gold with 8,893 points.

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BILL FRAKES (INSET)

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY LYNN JOHNSON

Stepping Down

WITH THE TRADITIONAL sign-off for a retiring wrestler, U.S. super heavyweight Rulon Gardner, a surprise gold medalist in Sydney, bid farewell after taking a bronze in Athens on Aug. 25. Gardner plans to spread the gospel of physical fitness.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

YURIY BORZAKOVSKIY, Russia Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ABBY WAMBACH, U.S. Soccer

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

SONIA BISSET, Cuba Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

STEVEN LOPEZ, U.S. Taekwondo

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

OANA MIHAELA BAN, Romania Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ALLEN IVERSON, U.S. Basketball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

GARY HALL JR., U.S. Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

LIU XIANG, China Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

FANI HALKIA, Greece Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

LISA LESLIE, U.S. Basketball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ALEEN BAILEY, Jamaica Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

SCOTT PARSONS, U.S. Kayak

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

TINA THOMPSON, U.S. Basketball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

COURTNEY KUPETS, U.S. Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

AZIZ ZAKARI, Ghana Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

COURTNEY MCCOOL, U.S. Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

LISA FERNANDEZ, U.S. Softball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

MICHAEL PHELPS, U.S. Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

IRINI MERLENI, Ukraine Wrestling

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

LAURYN WILLIAMS, U.S. Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

HICHAM EL GUERROUJ, Morocco Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

STANISLAVA KOMAROVA, Russia Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ANNA PAVLOVA, Russia Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

LYNDON FERNS, South Africa Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ADAM NELSON, U.S. Shot Put

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

YELENA ISINBAYEVA, Russia Pole Vault

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

TOM PAPPAS, U.S. Decathlon

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

AGATA WROBEL, Poland Weightlifting

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

AMANDA BEARD, U.S. Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

JUSTIN GATLIN, U.S. Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

YULIYA NESTERENKO, Belarus Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

KATIE HOFF, U.S. Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

MISTY MAY & KERRI WALSH, U.S. Beach Volleyball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

SVETLANA KHORKINA, Russia Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

IAN THORPE, Australia Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

PERDITA FELICIEN, Canada Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

SHAWN CRAWFORD, U.S. Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

PYRROS DIMAS, Greece Weightlifting

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

INGE DE BRUIJN, the Netherlands Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

BRANDI CHASTAIN, U.S. Soccer

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

PAUL HAMM, U.S. Gymnastics

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

YAO MING, China Basketball

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

KOSUKE KITAJIMA, Japan Swimming

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

MARIA MUTOLA, Mozambique Track

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BIEVER, SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, LYNN JOHNSON, HEINZ KLUETMEIER, BOB MARTIN, PETER READ MILLER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO AND AL TIELEMANS

ULRIKE URBANSKY, Germany Track