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Heart, not mistakes, defines U.S. women's performance in qualifier

Updated: August 10, 2008, 10:05 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- At 1:25 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. women's gymnastics team walked out onto the floor at National Indoor Stadium, its usual confident swagger suddenly gone.

What those watching didn't know was that about 15 minutes earlier, Samantha Peszek, who was slated to compete in all four events in the team all-around, sprained her left ankle while warming up on the floor. The distress was visible on the faces of Shawn Johnson, Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget ...

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