The U.S. women’s basketball team has been on a mission since arriving in London for the 2012 Olympics. While France fired the first two points, USA fired second and dominated with firepower only made in the US of A. France ran out of ammunition, and USA’s mission “Operation Gold” has been accomplished.
In my first blog, I wrote that USA’s women would dominate in London, like the nursery rhyme they would make the London Bridges come falling down. USA played ball when they stepped on the court; the other teams just played. USA played to win; the other teams played to see what might happen. They showed the world how to play on both ends of the court. They were impressive on both the defensive and offensive ends because they played with the same passion and drive on each end of the court.
In any sport it’s hard to keep that competitive edge when you’re beating a team by 30 or 40 points in a game. USA’s focus throughout every game has been unreal. They don’t take a play off. Instead, they try to dominate every play. They believe they are the best at the game, and they know it is more than a game. Diana Taurasi said it best in this YouTube video,“We want to make sure the world knows the game of basketball is ours…”
With a world record five straight gold medals not only is the game ours but so is the Olympic gold!
Photo credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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