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USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: Amazing Size and Speed Will Bring US Gold

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 7, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 26:  Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks reacts during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on May 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Sparks defeated the Mercury 99-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The United States' women's basketball team is on a whole different level. 

The American ladies aren't just favorites to take home gold in London—it would be surprising if they lost any game by less than 20 points to finish off this tournament. They are too strong, too fast and too talented for any other country.

In a word, it's unfair. 

Start anywhere on the court, and the women have by far the most talent.

At the point guard position, they have veterans Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen, who have a combined 10 WNBA All-Star game appearances between them, not to mention Bird is a part of the WNBA All-Decade Team and has two WNBA championships under her belt. 

Not a bad duo to run the most important position on the team. 

On the wings, the women have it all.

Maya Moore is the 23-year-old former first-overall pick who is well on her way to becoming the best player in the WNBA. 

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Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry, Tamika Catchings and Seimone Augustus all add an extra bit of talent to the perimeter.

So, that's Team USA's clear advantage, right? Well, as scary as it might sound, the post play might even be more dominant. 

Candace Parker, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles present a trio in the post that no one can come close to contending with. 

To get an idea of just how good this squad is, keep in mind that the WNBA is without a doubt the best league in the world. Every player on this team not only plays in the WNBA, but has had major success at an All-Star level. 

For comparison, Australia, the No. 2 ranked team in the world, has two WNBA players, and they are good ones: Lauren Jackson, a three-time MVP, and Liz Cambage, the 2011 No. 2 pick. 

But that's as close as any team gets. Two WNBA players against Team USA's 12. Again, it's not enough to be fair. 

It's hard to put into words just how much better this team is than everyone else, although Bet 365's odds of 1-to-12 do a pretty good job. If you wanted to win $100 on Team USA, you would have to risk $1,200. 

It's hard to call anyone a lock for a gold medal in London, but if the United States women fail to take home first place, then everything I've ever known in this life is false.

Yeah, they're that good. 

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