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Athens to Athens
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Complete coverage of the 2004 Games
Traditionalists will tell you that the Olympic Games are not a contest between nations, that the Olympic spirit dwells in the hearts of countless athletes who dedicate themselves to their sports and dream of nothing more than doing the very best they can on the world's greatest stage. But traditionalists lost that argument decades ago. Every four years, readers and viewers turn to the daily medal tables to see how each nation has done. And as the Athens games got under way, the tables told how the world has changed. In the first week of competition, South Korea had won...

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