Camilla converted only three of 14 shots. Mia vanished for long stretches and made one of three attempts. Denmark lost a tense, physical struggle 19-17, and Camilla had to sag to her seat and watch, from the corner of her eye, Mia celebrate with her teammates. In the game they'll remember the rest of their lives, both felt like strangers, to each other and themselves. "Someday we will joke about this," said Camilla. "Maybe Christmas."
Crawling into her single bed that night in the athletes' sparse lodgings, a three-minute walk from her spouse, Camilla held furious conversations with herself. Then she exploded for 14 goals in the next two games as Denmark tried to claw its way back into this Sunday's final—probably against Mia and Norway. Until then, neither woman would really know how it felt to be hugged by her Olympic vanquisher.
But by last Friday, the Games' seventh day, they had decided not to tiptoe around each other in public. When they appeared together at the Norway-U.S. beach volleyball match, a journalist from Oslo's Dagbladet spotted them, his photographer fixed his lens on them as Camilla gave Mia a peck on the chin...and you know what happened next.
No, you don't. The editor of Dagbladet chose to kill the picture and the story, and no matter what you've seen or heard on the news, that was the most astonishing upset of the 2000 Summer Games.