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A class left behind

A gold medal at an Olympic Games usually puts a fighter on the fast track to fame and fortune. The class of 1980, which was forced to boycott the Games in Moscow, never got that opportunity -- and they're reminded of that every four years.

Originally Published: August 9, 2008
By Robert Cassidy | Special to ESPN.com

It comes every four years. It is the grandest athletic spectacle on the globe. The Olympics is the stage on which the greatest athletes get to perform. The event gives rise to legends and heroes worldwide.

But for those whose Olympic dreams were snatched away, the Games merely serve as a reminder of what could have been.

"How can I forget about it, they still have the Olympics every four years, don't they?" said Richie Sandoval, a flyweight on the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team. ...

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