BMX's unpredictability makes it a predictable success at Olympics

Updated: August 22, 2008, 9:18 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- If we've learned anything over the past few days, it is that anything can happen at any time. It's a lesson we're supposed to pick up as kids, the first time we're blowing away a group of fifth graders in a race at recess only to trip 10 yards from the finish. The reality is, sometimes our expectations get the better of us.

As we watched the previously undefeated U.S. women's softball team step onto the silver-medal podium Thursday night, or the men's and women's 4x100 ...

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