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    Olympic athletes now and then

    Take a look at some U.S. Olympic greats and a certain Jamaican sensation from the start of their Olympic journey to their time in Rio.

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    Kerri Walsh

    Kerri Walsh has been an Olympic fixture so long that she began on the indoor U.S. women's volleyball team during the 2000 Sydney Olympics and wrote the latest chapter of her career as a beach volleyball legend with a bronze medal in Rio. 

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    Michael Phelps

    It's hard to remember that Michael Phelps was once a geeky teenager who began his career at 15 in the 2000 Olympics now that he is a 31-year-old legend who retired after Rio with an Olympic record of 28 medals, including a record 23 gold medals. 

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    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and 15 years later, he poses with his gold medal on the podium after he won the men's 200-meter butterfly in Rio

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    Allyson Felix

    Sprinter Allyson Felix first experienced her Olympic dream back in 2004 in Athens. Looking like she has barely aged a day, she is now the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history with seven medals after winning silver in the 400-meter race in Rio. 

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    Carmelo Anthony

    New York Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony is trying to win his third gold medal as part of the U.S. men's basketball team from when he started his Olympic journey in 2004 as a member of the Denver Nuggets. 

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    Justin Gatlin

    Back in 2004, Justin Gatlin was living the dream as a young sprinter who won gold in the 100-meter dash in Athens, but he had to settle for second place this year behind the force of nature known as Usain Bolt. 

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    Ryan Lochte

    Ryan Lochte was a 22-year-old psyched to win gold at the 4x200-meter freestyle relay back in 2004 in Athens. He now is the second-most decorated U.S. men's swimmer in history after adding a gold in the 4x200 relay in Rio that came before he was embroiled in a scandal that got him and three teammates in hot water. 

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    Diana Taurasi

    A baby-faced Diana Taurasi was fresh off starring for UConn when she was part of the U.S. women's basketball team that won gold in 2004. Now she is a veteran member and WNBA star who is part of the women's team that has dominated the competition in Rio. 

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    Usain Bolt

    Yes, there was once a time when a young Jamaican sensation named Usain Bolt winning an Olympic sprint was a surprise. Since winning in Beijing in 2008, Bolt has not lost an Olympic sprint since, capping his amazing run with gold medals in the 100 and 200 in Rio. 

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