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Tales from the torch relay are full of passion

Updated: April 10, 2008, 6:44 PM ET
By Mary Buckheit | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- I arrived in the Bay Area on Tuesday to follow the Beijing Olympic torch on its trip through the city for its only stop in the United States on a 21-country journey from Greece to China leading up to its arrival at the '08 Summer Games.

As I rode in the airport shuttle from SFO airport to my hotel downtown, traveling along 101 North, I was greeted -- as I imagine the flame and its carriers were, too -- by a giant billboard with a strident message that was impossible ...

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