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Meet Deontay Wilder. He was the only member of the U.S.A. Boxing team to win a medal at the Beijing Games, earning a bronze in the heavyweight division. Considering the Americans used to dominate Olympic boxing, that stat seems unbelievable. As Joe Posnanski points out, the talent on the U.S. Boxing team has been eroding for a long time, since 1988 the team has earned just three gold medals. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield believes the lack of success stems from an obsession with money, either way the program has a lot to fix in the next four years. [KC Star]
After a brief hiatus, the smog is already back in Beijing. [LA Times]
It's official: the Beijing Games were the most watched event in U.S. history. [Cinema Blend]
The Chinese were finally able to loosen up a little bit at the Closing Ceremony according to Bill Plaschke. [LA Times]
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- Joe Posnanski
- Evander Holyfield