Popular events in the Summer Olympic Games usually include swimming, gymnastics and volleyball, but this year, you need to watch women's basketball. The United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team has dominated the event since its inception with a record 6 gold medals and this year should be no different. The team is loaded with extraordinarily talented women, which will most definitely make for some very exciting games.
As it currently stands, there are 27 players on the U.S. team. Here is a look at some of the key players to watch.
Lindsay Whalen is a point guard who led the Minnesota Lynx to a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) finals sweep over the Atlanta Dream in 2011. She is a playmaker, known for her brilliant passing skills. How will Whalen handle the pressure of the Olympics? My guess: no sweat. She's excelled at every level thus far, while maintaining consistent play.
Maya MooreA rookie in 2011, Maya Moore plays forward for the Minnesota Lynx and is one of the youngest members of the U.S. team. With Moore, the U.S. team collects points. As collegiate career scoring goes, she ranks fourth at the University of Connecticut (UConn) with a total of 2,168 points. While she may be new to the professional world of women's basketball, she already has invaluable experience playing under pressure in the 2011 WNBA Finals.
Diana TaurasiA veteran player with an extremely successful career, Diana Taurasi is a guard and forward. She's one of the most popular players in WNBA history, known for her skills and her positive attitude. Taurasi also played college ball at UConn, where her team won 3 straight NCAA championships. She has proven herself at the Olympic Games twice already, playing in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She took home 2 gold medals.