2004 OLYMPICS
They clapped, they sang, kicked up their legs and celebrated an Olympics that at one point was almost taken away, but in the end left Greeks jumping with national pride.
Italy's Stefano Baldini wins the marathon while American Mebrahtom Keflezighi takes the silver. Brazil's Vanderlei de Lima wins bronze despite being attacked by a spectator.
North Baltimore's Michael Phelps leaves Athens with eight medals (six gold, two bronze) and a reputation as one of the greatest Olympic swimmers ever.
(Jerry Lampen - Reuters)
Pushed Beyond The Limit
Vanderlei de Lima finishes the marathon with heart.
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
United States
35
39
29
103
Russia
27
27
38
92
China
32
17
14
63
Australia
17
16
16
49
Germany
14
16
18
48
Japan
16
9
12
37
Transcripts
Aug. 30: Michael Wilbon
Aug. 27: Barry Svrluga
Aug. 26: Tracee Hamilton
Aug. 26: Bill Grant
Aug. 26: Michael Wilbon
Aug. 25: Amy Shipley
Aug. 24: Liz Clarke
Aug. 24: Mike Wise
News & Notes From Athens
Bill Grant is in Athens for washingtonpost.com.
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Sport-by-Sport Graphics
A look at equipment, techniques and rules for each Olympic sport.
Overcoming the Post-Olympics Blues
•  One sure way to get over a post-Olympics funk is to visit Hydra, the Greek island paradise. The sky is blue. The sea is blue. The houses are whitewashed. The sun is hot but the breeze is cool. Life doesn't get much better.

Interactive Guide to the Venues, Medals
• A closer look at where the Games were played.
• Olympics medals have undergone some changes.
• Look back at the first Olympics in Greece


If Athens will be remembered as a richly atmospheric Olympics, it also had to be credited as modern and well-organized, which no one would have predicted.