Basketball: Final Frames Of the Olympic Games

Frames Of the Games From the expanses of the running track to the confines of the hardwood court and the diving platform, the world's top athletes produce a bumper crop of new records -- and some stun

For U.S. basketballers, Seoul proved to be a painful split decision. The American women, sparked by 1984 veterans Anne Donovan and Teresa Edwards, broke away against Yugoslavia to win their second straight gold medal, 77-70. "This one's more special than '84," said Donovan. "All the best teams were here, especially the Russians." The U.S. rolled over the Soviet women in the semifinals, 102-88, and the gold-medal game was largely an anticlimax. The U.S. men, surprisingly, never made it to the finals. Despite having eight first-round N.B.A. draft picks on the team, they were ambushed in the semis by a seasoned Soviet...

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