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Give the kid a break

Updated: August 25, 2004, 8:16 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Fake a cold. Claim a headache. Slash your own tires. Get food poisoning.

Or find another excuse. Do anything you can, Allyson Felix, to get your old man off your case because right now he doesn't look like he's budging.

"Tuesday is her first day of class," says Paul Felix, proud dad of America's glossiest and newest track phenom, who also happens to be a student at USC. "And she'll be there."

Seriously, can't she find an out? Doesn't winning a silver ...

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