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Team USA loses key athletes to injuries

Injuries always have an impact on fantasy sports. But with the Olympics, something is notably different. Unlike an injured football or baseball player, an injury to an Olympic athlete doesn't represent a seasonal setback, it represents, in many cases, an end to a dream. As the XXIX Olympiad nears, several U.S. athletes have sustained injuries that will keep them from competing. Women's soccer star Amy Wambach went down recently with a leg injury that will keep her sidelined in Beijing. Paul and Morgan Hamm, the stars of the Men's gymnastics squad, will be forced to watch the games as well. U.S. boxer Gary Russell Jr. collapsed trying to make weight and is out of the competition. And a knee injury will keep tennis player Lindsay Davenport out of singles play, although she is still holding out hope for the doubles matches. So before the games get underway and we become consumed with those competing, it is appropriate to recognize these injured athletes who have put in countless hours over the past several years in preparation for Beijing. Even though they won't get to compete, we are proud of them. We thank them for representing themselves and our country with class, and we wish them all the best in their athletic careers.

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