Greece was game
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With fireworks and music, the 2004 Olympics came to a close last night in Athens. The United States topped the medals competition, but many nations shared the spotlight. (Globe Staff File Photo / Barry Chin)

Heavy medal band

They did everything but find a random medal in the back of a taxicab. The US Olympic team, all 500-plus of them, was hoping for 100 medals at these Games. They won 103, their best showing since Barcelona in 1992 and their third best at an overseas Games. (By John Powers, Boston Globe)

Host with the most

They did it. The Greeks did it. They gave us a top-drawer Olympics, complete with the best venues, the best transportation, and as helpful and cheery a volunteer staff as we've ever seen. (By Bob Ryan, Boston Globe)
Marathon

Brazil appeals for gold

Brazilian sports officials blamed inadequate security for a defrocked priest's bizarre attack on the Olympic marathon leader, and said they will appeal to world track authorities for a duplicate gold. (Boston Globe)

A picture-perfect Olympics

Those who watched NBC's coverage of the Athens Games -- and that's 200 million viewers, representing 85 percent of US households -- have their personal "Olympic Moments." (Boston Globe, 8/31/04)

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Olympic opinions
Read Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan's latest take from the Athens Games.
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New England honor roll
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