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Americans gaining on European counterparts

Updated: August 28, 2004, 12:32 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Immaculately groomed horses, smartly dressed riders and the grace and beauty of equestrian events have always provided a dignified alternative to the judging disputes overtaking the Olympics.

Not this time.

At the Athens Games, the usually rancor-free riders started swinging their collective crops and galloped headlong into the mosh pit with such sporting rabble as gymnastics, boxing, fencing and rowing.

And when the sniping was over, the United States actually ...

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