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Athletes? Roundtables? Team handball? Making sense of the summit

Updated: April 15, 2008, 8:09 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The U.S. Olympic media summit is an odd gathering.

To publicize its athletes, the United States Olympic Committee brings many to a large hotel in the run-up to every Summer and Winter Games. The athletes are then sent through a car wash of interviews with many dozens of newspaper, Internet and broadcast reporters. Some of these athletes are quite famous -- Marion Jones and Michael Johnson were brought in before the 2000 Games, and Michael Phelps was here this week -- but the majority ...

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