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The Medal Stand After Dark: Emotional e-mail lifts U.S. volleyball

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An e-mail from Coach Hugh McCutcheon's wife has given the U.S. men's volleyball team any extra motivation it may have needed heading into Sunday's gold medal match. [Salt Lake Tribune]

You knew this was coming ... Michael Phelps is writing a book. [NY Times]

An interesting dilemma for the world's oldest living Olympic champion. [SF Gate]

Archer Khatuna Lorig will carry the U.S. flag at the Closing Ceremony. [Sports Network]

George Vescey thinks that there is a seed of doubt in every medal. [NY Times]

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