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Alternates show game to keep Hamm-less U.S. men's team in contention

Updated: August 9, 2008, 4:02 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- When Alexander Artemev dismounted from the pommel horse, he nodded toward the judges' table, then pointed into the stands at Beijing's National Indoor Stadium.

David Durante, the lone remaining alternate for the U.S. men's gymnastics team, smiled and returned the gesture. Just two days ago, Artemev was prepared to spend Saturday afternoon watching the team qualification round from a seat right next to Durante. Instead, he was both the first and final member of the U.S. ...

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