"Of course, when you're training your whole life to get to the Olympics, you train for gold. But honestly a silver around my neck three times at the Olympics means more to me than anything."
--Shawn Johnson, USA world champion gymnast, who has won three silver medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but has failed to score gold thus far. She has one more chance in the balance beam competition.
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Excerpts from the New York Times 8/18/2008.