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Olympics Update with Helene Elliott

We'll check in with Only A Game's Pallas Athena of the Pentathlon (a.k.a. Helene Elliott of the L.A.Times) for an update from Athens.

Endangered Olympic Sports

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The Summer Olympic Games are big...too big according to some of the Lords of the Rings. Over the next few months the I.O.C. is expected to decide whether some sports and disciplines will be dropped from the Olympic program. We'll check in with a few of the sports on the endangered list.

Mickey Mouse to the Rescue

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One Olympian finds her center with help from Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.

A Bad Dream Team

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The rest of the world has caught up to the NBA. American basketball fans are wringing their hands over the 19 point loss to Puerto Rico last week and close victories over some weak competition. Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel joins us to discuss what is wrong with this U.S. team and why they may not even medal.

Gary LeMoine

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Today in Athens, Dallas Assistant Coach Donn Nelson will lead his Lithuanian squad against the struggling U.S. Men's Basketball team. His Mavericks colleague, team China head coach Del Harris, will try to knock off team USA tomorrow. These are two high profile examples of American basketball coaches working abroad, but the phenomenon is not particularly new. Greg Echlin reports.

Iraqi Soccer Team

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Each Olympiad features at least one unexpected story-line...those pivotal three seconds in the Gold Medal Basketball game in 1972, the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980, and Rulon Gardner's "Miracle on the Mat" in Sydney. The unexpected successes of the Iraqi soccer team in Athens hasn't quite measured up to those shockers...yet. The Iraqi team finished the preliminaries at the top of their bracket and will face Australia in the quarterfinals later today. Tom Farrey of ESPN.com has been following Olympic sports in Iraq for more than two years and joins us for an update.

Olympics and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game's Charlie Pierce discuss: favorite Olympic moments, no advertising at the Olympics, and a ferret runs for the Gold.

Letters

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Bill reads a few gems from the Only A Game mailbag.

Mark Spitz

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One of the most highly publicized pre-Olympic stories concerned the likelihood of Michael Phelps tying or even breaking the record set by Mark Spitz at the 1972 games, when he won 7 Gold medals. Three races into the Athens Games, it became apparent that Phelps would have to settle for a multi-colored collection of medals. Mark Spitz joins us from Athens.

This program aired on August 21, 2004.

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