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Older, wiser Hoff on verge of becoming America's newest golden girl

Updated: July 4, 2008, 12:40 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

OMAHA, Neb. -- Think back to when you were 15.

(Or, for the younger readership, project ahead to being 15. But first, clean your room.)

Imagine yourself at that vulnerable age, being thrust into the worldwide spotlight of the Olympic Games. Imagine being the youngest member of the entire American Olympic delegation. Imagine, as a skinny kid, dealing with expectations of winning a gold medal after posting the fastest time in the world that year in the 400-meter individual ...

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