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The Olympic Dream

The Olympic Dream

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Adam Nelson, two-time Olympic silver medalist, heads to Beijing this summer. Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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For many athletes, it's a driving goal, a dearest dream, the hoped-for pinnacle of a (young) life's work: the Olympic Games. For most, it's an impossible trip, as injury, expense, the four-year Olympic cycle, and plain old not-good-enough conspire to keep athletes away. For the lucky few, it's life-changing, and for the very lucky (and talented, and hard-working) few, it's a trip they make multiple times. And there, at the very top, you find the medal winners. Today we've got 2008 US Men's Gymnastics Team alternate David Durante, gold medal winning diver and '08 team member Laura Wilkinson, and Adam Nelson, who's won the silver in shot-put twice and heads to Beijing this year for another heave at the gold. They'll tell us all about their successes and failures en route to the dream, and we'd like to hear yours: did you share their dream of Olympic glory? How'd it turn out?

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