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Haves and have-nots share same stage

Updated: February 3, 2010, 5:10 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

When the U.S. Olympic team marches into the opening ceremony next week in Vancouver, American athletes will have the same starting point and will seek glories enveloped by the comforting fabric of Old Glory.

They will be one, will be perceived as one, will win and lose as one, all aligned with the Olympic spirit, as it should be.

But the road to the Olympics is a different story.

In class or resources, equipment or sponsorship, the U.S. Olympic delegation ...

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