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Stephanie Rice needs shoulder surgery

Updated: August 19, 2010, 9:05 PM ET
Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. -- Triple Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice needs shoulder surgery and will miss the Commonwealth Games in October.

Rice said Thursday at the Pan Pacific swimming championships that she was dropping off the Australian team to deal with the right shoulder injury that has bothered her for months.

"It's a huge disappointment for me," she said. "I would've loved to have been there, especially because it only comes around every four years. But I have to think of the big ...

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