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The paradox of Olympians'
The Associated Press
2014-05-16

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, British rower Alan Campbell displays his bronze medal on the podium after the Men's Single Sculls Final event at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. An abscessed lower left wisdom tooth threatened to keep British rower Alan Campbell from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The infection spread to his shoulder, back and eventually settled in his right knee, requiring surgery two months before the games and ruining his training. He placed fifth in the Olympic single sculls final and feels "I certainly would have gone quicker" had the infected tooth not laid him so low, keeping him out of his boat for six weeks. t the London Games four years later, Campbell won bronze. He is adamant that taking better care of his teeth has helped him row faster. He says he now flosses more, tends to drink water rather than sugary drinks, is "more aware of how important dental hygiene is to me and my body" and "if I thought I had any problems I wou

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