Ray Ewry wasn't even supposed to walk

Updated: August 19, 2004, 12:31 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS -- Who is the greatest U.S. Olympian ever? Carl Lewis? Eric Heiden? Florence Griffith-Joyner? Al Oerter? Mark Spitz?

Who has the greatest Olympic story ever? The Miracle on Ice team? Cassius Clay? Cathy Freeman?

All these names come so quickly to mind. Looking backward through history, the names made the Olympics as much as the Olympics made the names. The Olympics are so much about finding that next name, that next dominant athlete with the compelling story. Sometimes, ...

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