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'American spirit' carrying U.S. to semis? It's cultural reality, not industrial revolution

Updated: July 12, 2011, 2:05 PM ET
By Chris Sprow | ESPN The Magazine

Abby Wambach was at a loss for words. For that she could be forgiven. Breathless, battered, blown away, she was like so many modern athletes -- immediately miked up and required to provide immediate context for the impossible.

"I think that is a perfect example of what this country is about, what the history of this team has always been. We never give up," she said, moments after the U.S. women's team had pulled off the impossible against Brazil. Wambach, surely, had been ...

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