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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

In The Genes

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

August 02, 1996|EDITH STANLEY

When Andre Agassi met Leander Paes in the tennis semifinals, both men continued a family tradition of Olympic play. Agassi might have defeated the Indian on the court, but when it comes to Olympic heritage, it's Paes 2, Agassi 1.

Paes' father, playing on India's field hockey team, won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. His mother was captain of India's basketball team at the same Games.

Paes goes so far as to say he was conceived in Munich. His birthday, June 17, 1973, is nine months from the end of the 1972 Games.

Agassi's father, Mike, was an Olympic boxer for Iran in the 1948 London Games and the 1952 Helsinki Games.

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