Kevin Barnett

Kevin Barnett and USA couldn't find their offensive rhythm.

After an 0-5 mark in Sydney, their Athens run was respectable. But the U.S. men fell short of winning their first medal in 12 years. In a sluggish performance, the Americans lost in straights sets to Russia, which won the bronze.
  • Women: China grabs gold | Cuba's bronze | U.S. out
  • Beach: May-Walsh are golden | Brazilian men, too

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