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Hoff, a shoo-in for 2008, now an old pool pro

Updated: August 13, 2007, 3:20 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- Katie Hoff wasn't thinking about competing in the Olympics a year before the 2004 Games in Athens. Hers was more of a three-month plan.

At 15, Hoff was as surprised as anyone else when she qualified for those Games. She didn't study too much about Athens before her trip. Heck, she had never even been on an international flight.

But with the 2008 Olympics in Beijing just under a year away, Hoff, now 18, has made a concerted effort to change her approach. This past ...

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