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Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and Peter Vanderkaay
Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and Peter Vanderkaay celebrate winning the 4 x 200 freestyle.
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The winner is ...

History was front and center in Athens, where the greatest race produced the most unlikely winner: the host. And for that, SI.com's Rick Reilly is grateful and repentant.

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