U.S. team handball: a ray of hope

There's no point sugar-coating the U.S. team handball program's record. Neither the men's nor women's teams has come remotely close to winning an Olympic medal at the Summer Games, and "remotely" doesn't do adequate justice, really, to describing how unsuccessful the program has been over the years.

Neither team qualified for the 2008 Beijing, 2004 Athens or 2000 Sydney Summer Games. In Atlanta in 1996 the men finished ninth, the women eighth. The men didn't qualify for Barcelona in 1992; the women finished sixth. The men finished 12th in Seoul in 1988, the women seventh. And so on.

But -- wait. What happened Thursday night in a gym in La Prairie, Quebec, offers reason for hope. Real hope.

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