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74OLYMPIC GAMESIonly have one Olympic memory but, luckily for me, nothing could make my Olympic memorybetter than it is. Back when I grew up, tennisplayers thought of winning Grand Slam titles becausetennis wasn't an Olympic sport. But I was very eagerto become an Olympian when tennis was broughtback into the Games, so being part of the AmericanOlympic team in Atlanta was a huge deal for me. It turned out to be the only Games I played in, agolden moment I'll never forget.For me, the Olympic Games offers an athlete the greatest opportunity to represent your country,even more so than the Davis Cup. The way I see it, the Olympic Games is theultimate for athletes across the world, who train forfour years for their one opportunity, for that special moment. There's a certain pressure to being an Olympianthat I don't think I felt at any other moment in mycareer. On other occasions you think to yourself, 'I'll have this opportunity again'. But the Olympic Games are not there every yearand four years can be a long time in an athleticcareer. So the pressure was in making sure that youweren't leaving any stone unturned in yourpreparations.I think back to the day I actually won the goldmedal and I still don't quite know how to express inwords the sensation I was feeling at that moment;how I felt standing on the podium, my gold medalaround my neck, the national anthem playing. Iremember I heard the national anthem start and myeyes welled up with tears. I felt incredibly proudbecause it wasn't just for myself; it was for mycountry and that's a feeling you don't get whenwinning individual tournaments. In our sport, the Davis Cup is the closest youcome to it, but I can tell you that pales in comparisonto winning an Olympic gold medal. Winning a gold medal was a very differentexperience for me than winning the eight Grand Slam titles I was blessed with during my career. I always felt 'I can't believe I did this' when I won a Slam and knew that I had overcome hurdlesto do so. My Grand Slam titles meant the world to me butthe Olympic Games made me feel like I was a part ofa bigger thing; that I did something for my country.When I saw the medal count, I knew I was a part of that, and there was a very different sense of pride that I felt at that moment.RightAndre Agassi struck gold during his only tasteof the Olympic Games MYGAMESANDREAGASSIANDRE AGASSI WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE MEN'S SINGLES TENNIS COMPETITION ON HOME SOIL AT THE ATLANTA GAMES IN 1996 ATLANTA 1996? Men's singlesINTERVIEW: SANDRA HARWITT