Olympic Basketball 2012: Countries USA Men's and Women's Teams Should Fear Most

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Olympic Basketball 2012: Countries USA Men's and Women's Teams Should Fear Most
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The United States has long been a powerhouse in both men's and women's Olympic basketball competition, and the 2012 London Games are no different.

There's a reason why the 2012 men's squad has drawn comparisons to the 1992 Dream Team. Whether these comparisons are warranted may depend on one's era and opinion, but there's no doubting the ability of the 12 NBA players under Mike Krzyzewski's watch.

The U.S. women will be led by University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. The legendary coach will have the advantage of boasting a roster that includes Candace Parker, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi.

Despite the talent gap on paper, both teams have Olympic rivals that will be looking to dethrone the Americans at the top of international basketball.

Here are the three most challenging teams that the Americans will face in London—starting with the women.

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