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Golf should be an Olympic event

Updated: August 25, 2004, 3:25 PM ET
By Ron Sirak | Golf World

Call it the Mary Lou Retton bounce.

No, it's not a gymnastics routine Bela Karolyi teaches, but a phenomenon from which golf could learn. When NBC televised Carly Patterson's gold-medal effort for the United States in the women's all-around gymnastics competition at the Athens Games, nearly 32 million Americans tuned in to watch on delayed tape. Similar exposure in 1984 when Retton was the last American to win the all-around gold helped create the generation of American gymnasts we are ...

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