In the debut year of women's basketball at the summer Olympics in 1976, the U.S. team finished in second place to the Soviet Union, and the USSR repeated at the boycotted 1980 Games. Since then, the United States has won six gold medals in seven Olympiads, losing only in 1992.
The Americans' dominance of the sport looks likely to continue in the 2012 London Olympics, as Team USA is sending one of its most impressive squads ever. The team consists of a mix of some of the true legends of the women's game (Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi) as well as some of the brightest young stars in the sport (Maya Moore, Tina Charles).
Led by University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, it is hard to imagine any team toppling Team USA off the podium in London.