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2004 Olympic Games Overview

Complete Analysis of Athens Olympics; Includes
Game-by-Game Summary and Post-Tournament Evaluation

CHICAGO (February 17, 2005)—In August, the U.S. Women’s National Team returned to the top of the women’s game with a Gold-medal finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics. But the road to the top of the podium didn’t begin in Athens. It began in Portland, Ore., after a difficult defeat to Germany in the semifinals of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In the following four articles you can read how the Women’s National Team coaching staff structured their preparation for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2004 Athens Olympics:

Evaluating and Goal-setting after the 2003 Women's World Cup
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An outline of the WNT’s performance in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and an assessment of the USA’s strengths and weaknesses.

Build up to Athens 2004
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A look at how the success of the WNT at the Olympics reflected the successful residency program.

2004 Olympic Games - Game by Game Summary
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A complete summary of every game, including starting lineups for both teams.

Where is the Game Going? An Analysis of Systems, Trends and Techniques
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An overview of the systems, trends and techniques showcased in the 2004 Olympics.

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