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Perfect 10s a thing of the past

Updated: August 20, 2004, 3:38 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Poor Carly Patterson. She carried comparisons to Mary Lou Retton with her into the Olympics, and now she's carrying them out.

Patterson accomplished Thursday night what no other U.S. gymnast had since Mary Lou in 1984 -- win a gold medal in the all-around competition. Patterson is 16 years old, the same age Mary Lou was when she won the hearts of millions of Americans. She beat a reigning world champion, just like Mary Lou, and she'll probably end up on a Wheaties box, ...

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