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Uh, there are other swimmers ...

Updated: August 12, 2004, 11:09 PM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

ATHENS -- The suffocating throngs of global media inquisitors gathered Wednesday to test their theories that American swimming teen idol Michael Phelps is the only member of the U.S. Olympic team whose pursuits in the 2004 Athens Games are worthy of attention.

But Phelps and his U.S. teammates defiantly presented a united front, insisting that the hype around Phelps' pursuit of as many as eight Olympic gold medals at age 19 is only one of the objectives when competition begins Saturday ...

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