Rewind four years ago to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China when both the women's and the men's basketball teams brought home the gold medal proving that the United States remains the top basketball powerhouse in the world.
Now bring yourself back to the present, with a little over a month left until the Olympics start, the pressing question is will there be a repeat? Will both the women's and men's teams bring home the gold medals?
For many years now the women's national team has been dominating all across the world. There is no doubt that this years superstar lineup will have any problems continuing the tradition. With players like Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, and Maya Moore teaming up, this women's team will be a force to be reckoned with. There are seven players who have already been to the Olympics and who have won gold but all eleven players were part of the 2010 World Championships team.
The great part about this years team? There is so much power at every position. Coach Gino Auriemma has his mind not only set on the games this year, but also on future Olympic games as well. The U.S women's team is 33-0 in their last 3 Olympic appearances but Coach Auriemma expects better than that and who could blame him? There is no question as to why the USA is favored in the London games.
The men's basketball team is sharing the same dream as the women's. The USA team was the first to lock a spot in the London games, doing so by winning the 2010 FIBA world championship. Just like the women's team most of the players from the 2008 gold medal team will be returning to defend the medals they won.
This years roster will be incredibly deep with 18 of the best basketball players in the NBA. Just like the women's team, the major factor will be that there their depth at every position. With players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Paul (just to name a few), this team will definitely rock the world (or London for that matter).
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is hoping to repeat this year. Although the team is ranked No. 1 in the world, they cannot take anyone lightly as Spain, France, and Argentina pose the greatest threats. Spain will likely meet the United States for a gold medal because of their deft passing skills and depth of NBA stars.
This year's Olympic games will definitely be an exciting one to watch. With two powerful basketball teams representing the United States, the Americans could be swimming in gold come August.