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I had noticed something significant during the games: the lack of medals (or even finalists, in some cases) in the jumps was huge.  The US men used to be able to count on a medal or two in the long jump, usually at least one in the triple jump (through the '80s and '90s), and usually a medal or two in the high jump.  In the men's long jump, in particular, the US has a long history of dominance yet had zero competitors in the final in Beijing.  This is why I am puzzled by people lamenting over the performance of US distance runners in Beijing — the US has never been that good in the distance events, but the US has been great in the men's jumps and suddenly is a non-factor now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Olympic_medalists_in_athletics_(men)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Olympic_medalists_in_athletics_(women)