Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/8/14
Queen Underwood halfheartedly hugged her opponent, then stepped between the ropes, walked away from the boxing ring and headed under the packed stands. The five-time U.S. national champion had slugged it out for four rounds with the hometown favorite, Natasha Jonas of Great Britain, during the first day of women's boxing in Olympic history. She'd ducked and dodged, landed jabs and hooks, but the Brit landed more, beating Underwood 21-13 and ending the American's Olympic dream in her first bout. Now Underwood was standing in the back of the arena, her voice choked and her eyes ringed with tears. Reporters crowded around her and asked sympathetic questions. Aren't you proud just to be here, they asked, proud to be part of Olympic history? "No. I don't think that's enough," the 28-year-old said. "I gave away half of my life for this. It just doesn't feel like the reward of being here is enough. I just wish and hope that, as far as the fans, the people who've been there for me, and m...

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