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Does hometown crowd help the U.S.?

Updated: September 1, 2012, 10:58 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The folks in Las Vegas who traffic in sports results are keenly aware of the value of the home-field advantage.

It is a powerful concept, as we saw at the recent London Olympics. UK Sport set a target of 48 medals, one more than was achieved four years ago in Beijing. The first went to cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who was rabidly cheered all along the road-race course and came home with the silver.

When it was all over, Great Britain finished fourth in the overall ...

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