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Team USA turns to Thompson down stretch

Updated: September 7, 2004, 4:33 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- With a nine-point lead and the gold medal firmly in Team USA's grasp, coach Van Chancellor began emptying his bench with 17 seconds left in the game.

Lisa Leslie. Dawn Staley. Sheryl Swoopes. The veteran core came off and began the celebration of their third straight Olympic title.

Tina Thompson? She began crying her eyes out.

Thompson has shared a lot of basketball memories with her teammates -- college games, WNBA titles, national team victories -- but she ...

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