The USA already has 94 medals, 13 more than second-place China. America also has the most golds, leading China 41-37.
Of course, the United States always expects to dominate the Olympics, and no margin of victory in the medal count is too wide. Look for the following athletes to add to America’s collective pride by winning medals on Saturday.
Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and company have been absolutely dominant thus far, winning every single game by double digits. After going 5-0 in the group stage, they beat Canada 91-48 in the quarterfinals, then took out Australia 86-73 in the semis.
Men’s 4×100-Meter Relay Team
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Another team that will look to win gold for the USA, the men’s 4×100-meter relay squad has all the talent necessary to reach the podium on Saturday.
Usain Bolt and Jamaica will be the favorites, but with a star-studded roster that features Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey and Darvis Patton, the Americans will push them every step of the way. The USA actually ran the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 37.38 seconds.
Of course, the United States has failed to medal in the past two Olympics in this event. Despite boasting some of the best sprinters in the world, botched handoffs crushed the Americans’ hopes in 2004 and 2008.
Keshia Baker, Francena McCorory, Diamond Dixon and Dee Dee Trotter were incredibly impressive in qualifying, finishing in first place, with a time of three minutes, 22.09 seconds. That was more than one second faster than Russia (3:23.11) and nearly three seconds faster than Great Britain (3:25.05), which will be the USA’s biggest challengers in today’s final.