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A look back on the Beijing Games

Updated: August 27, 2008, 10:00 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
Now that the Beijing Olympics are over, my two DVRs and two DVD recorders are finally resting after two weeks of massive overtime spent recording and burning the entire boxing tournament to 24 discs in a demented project that only a serious Fight Freak could understand (although that is probably questionable). Anyway, here are some final thoughts after a tournament of ups and downs:

• I won't even get into the scoring system too much because that has been beaten to death, but I think it is fair to say that the American amateur boxing system finally hit rock bottom after a miserable performance, which started with bantamweight medal hopeful Gary Russell failing to make weight and ended with heavyweight Deontay Wilder saving the U.S. from a medal shutout with a bronze.

Do you realize that it was the worst U.S. performance in Olympic boxing history? The 1948 team also won only one medal, but at least it was silver. It's pretty sad after seeing such super stars as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya, among many others, get their starts on the U.S. Olympic team.

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