No Sure Bets

U.S. athletes find the competition keener than anticipated

In basketball, of course, the rest of the world pleaded nolo contendere: no team came within 33 points of the Dream Team during the first week of the Olympics. But plenty of other allegedly sure bets on the U.S. team found themselves absorbing bracing lessons at Barcelona. "You like to be a superhero all your life," said swimmer Matt Biondi, finishing fifth in the 100-m freestyle Tuesday, "but today my cape fell off." Only briefly, as it turned out. By week's end Biondi earned two medals for a lifetime total of 11, a record he shares with Mark Spitz.

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