United States Olympic Women's Basketball Preview

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

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 Moore

A 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 Taurasi

A 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.

Sue Bird

Another veteran player who has 2 Olympic gold medals, Sue Bird is a guard who plays for the Seattle Storm . Bird makes things happen on the court and inspires confidence in her teammates. She averages 15 points per game, but she's also a solid all-around player. Her skill set is similar the NBA's Steve Nash.

Tamika Catchings

Recipient of the 2011 WNBA MVP award, Tamika Catchings is a forward with 10 years of professional experience. Catchings plays for the Indiana Fever , and more than once, has led the team in rebounds, steals and assists. She's consistent, she's played in the Olympics, and she is coming off of one of her best years in the WNBA.