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Kwan has earned the benefit of a doubt

Updated: February 12, 2006, 11:32 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- Michelle Kwan wasn't selfish for trying to skate in one last Olympics. At least no more selfish than any other athlete ever is.

Kwan is a nine-time U.S. champion and a five-time world champion. She's the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. She was the face of figure skating during the sport's highest popularity. Yet, what we constantly brought up was how she had never won an Olympic gold medal, that her career was incomplete without it.

And then ...

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