China maintained their slight lead over the USA on Day 11 of the London Games, which is a good thing for them, because with team sports heading toward the medal stages, the Americans are set to gain some ground.
The U.S. put together some strong teams this year, and the two biggest gold medal locks in all of the Olympics are the two American basketball teams.
To give you an idea of just how strong the Americans are in team sports, the two-time defending gold-medalist women's soccer team is not on this ranking, and neither is two-time defending beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh—they have a matchup in the final with fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.
Here are the teams good enough to keep them out of the top-three power ranking.
No. 3: Women's Volleyball
The U.S. women destroyed their opponents in group play. They were 5-0 and only lost a total of two sets in those five games.
They won their quarterfinal match in straight-set fashion over the Dominican Republic, and they are just cruising.
The U.S. has never won the gold in this event, but that is about to come to an end. The Americans', who are ranked No. 1 in the world, toughest competition figures to be defending gold-medal champs and world No. 2 Brazil, but the U.S. easily handled them 3-1 earlier this tournament, and they have now beaten them in five straight international matches.
No. 2: Men's Basketball
Countries have certainly closed the gap on the Americans in men's basketball since the 1992 Dream Team crushed everyone in sight, but there still is not another country that is equipped to take down this group of stars.
Other than their 99-94 win over Lithuania, the U.S. hasn't been challenged. Their last time on the court, they beat Argentina, who figures to be in the race for a medal, 126-97.
Coming into this tournament, Spain was widely considered the biggest threats to the Americans, but they are limping into elimination play with two straight losses.
This team just has way too many scoring weapons to have a game off enough for anyone to beat them.
No. 1: Women's Basketball
As dominant as the last two teams are, they have nothing on the U.S. women's basketball squad. They have won 39 straight Olympic contests, and they aren't even usually close to being close.
They are fresh off a quarterfinal victory where they squeaked by Canada 91-48. The U.S. has not had a team come closer than 25 points in these Olympics.
We could talk about opponents, they'll play Australia next, but it doesn't matter—they won't come close to losing.
London Olympics Medal Count - At the End of Day 11
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