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2004 OLYMPICS

The Olympic Games that begin Friday, Aug. 13, are a five-ring circus with hundreds of personal sagas about victory's thrills and defeat's agony. Even those who lose, though, at least will have been there; the agonizing stories untold will be of those who tried hard but didn't make it to Athens.

Issue: "2004 Olympics Preview," Aug. 14, 2004

WORLD's 2004 Olympics preview package includes two such stories, along with a brief guide to the events and athletes likely to be in the spotlight over the next two weeks. To access each story in the 2004 Olympics preview, click on the headlines below.

Flip turn

At this time four years ago and eight years ago, swimmer Josh Davis was preparing to represent the United States in the Olympics. Now the five-time medalist is preparing for life in transition.

Off track

Complications from knee surgery will keep Army officer and middle-distance runner Clay Schwabe out of this year's Olympics, but he'll try to be the comeback story of 2008.

Greek fire

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The original Olympic Games were grand events with heavy religious significance-but they could not bring peace to fighting Greek city-states.

What's happening, and when

From air rifle competitions to the men's 4x400-meter relay, opportunities for medals abound. Following the opening ceremonies on Aug. 13, here's a day-by-day guide some to of the events.

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