‘Redeem Team’ slides past Spain, carries out mission of Olympic gold
BEIJING (AP) — Arm-in-arm, they climbed onto the middle of the medals platform, the spot that for so long was U.S. private property.
Some players flashed their Olympic medals to the crowd. One pretended to take a bite, just to make sure it was real.
Yep, it was gold — the color the Americans always used to win but hadn’t since 2000.
Culminating a three-year mission to end years of embarrassment, the U.S. team survived a huge challenge from Spain, winning 118-107 in the gold-medal game Sunday.

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8/24/08