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Athletic triumphs and human tragedy in Atlanta helped the Summer Olympics score 13 Cover Story points in August, bringing home the gold for the second month in a row. Magazine editors devoted four covers to the bombing in Centennial Olympic Park, while gymnast Kerri Strug and sprinter Michael Johnson both earned three covers apiece, and track and field champion Carl Lewis got one.

People and Sports Illustrated led the pack with most Olympic-themed covers.

Other celebrities ranking in the top 10 for the month are: Gwyneth Paltrow, 7 points; Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, 6.5; Matthew McConaughey, 6; Oprah Winfrey, 5.5; Bob Dole, 5; John Travolta, Katie Couric and Kiss, 4; and Goldie Hawn, 3.5.

-julie a. johnson

Cover Story is Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

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