Silver is just the beginning

Updated: August 17, 2004, 6:19 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- There was no stopping. They bounded right off the bus that schlepped them from the Olympic Village, right off the ride where every member of the team sat quietly with their headphones cranked, and didn't stop until they were on the floor the Olympic Indoor Arena, with thousands of fans chanting "U-S-A!"

There was no stopping, not when history was waiting.

The U.S. men's gymnastics team pulled off its greatest performance ever, under pressure to do so. It won ...

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