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Updated: August 1, 2012, 4:05 PM ET
By Amanda Duckworth | Special to ESPN.com

Like many, my friends and I tuned in to the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. While the athletes were marching, we noted that we almost felt bad for some of them. Specifically the younger ones.

Why? Well, if a 19-year-old wins a gold medal, even if they live to be 90, the first sentence of their obituary will be about that gold medal. That is a lot of pressure. And where do you go from there?

Of course, that is the reality for any athlete that competes at the highest ...

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