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US women's basketball at the Olympics: Undisputed and star-powered

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Brittney Griner (r) — Photo by Charlie Neibergall / AP
Brittney Griner (r) — Photo by Charlie Neibergall / AP

There are a number of obstacles that should have prevented the Tokyo games: the negative effect the Olympics tend to have on the country holding them, Japan's current COVID-related state of emergency, the racially charged decisions made by the International Olympic Committee, and the host country's reputation for being hostile toward the LGBTQ+ community.

Yet, true to form, people demand entertainment, and it shall be supplied.

The 2020 Olympic Games have proven to be entertaining and epic so far, but now one of the USA's most legendary teams is in the spotlight, and history is on the verge of being made, again.

The WNBA has delivered a unique sports experience since its inception in 1996, and the game of basketball itself has grown tremendously since its beginning in 1892. The historic formation of the USA women's national team took the world by storm and has since been unstoppable.

The 5-on-5 team is hunting down their seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal, which would make them equal with the US men's streak of seven straight gold medals from 1936 to 1968.

The women have won gold at every Summer Games since 1996, and this star-studded, top-ranked team has won fifty of their last Olympic games and currently includes five spectacular, openly Gay players.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, veterans on track to be the first women's basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals, are easily two of the most famous Gays on the team. Bird posed naked with soccer star Megan Rapinoe (who is now her fiancée) in the 2017 ESPN Body Issue, while Taurasi is a nine-time WNBA All-Star known for her killer three-point shots — and for telling a ref, "See you in the lobby later" after a personal foul.

Chelsea Gray is a three-time WNBA All-Star who hosted a video series about Queer history with her wife, Tipesa, for Pride 2020. Breanna Stewart, a WNBA MVP, is one of the most decorated players in women's basketball. She is also engaged to pro basketball player Marta Xargay.

Then there is Brittney Griner, one of eleven players to earn an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Cup gold medal, WNBA title, and NCAA title, as well as the only collegiate player to participate in the 2011 US national team's European tour. Griner owns a 34-2 record in a USA Basketball uniform, from 2011 through 2020, and is the only NCAA basketball player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. Griner's unmatched stats are perfectly suited for the dominating US Olympic basketball team and have no doubt contributed to their winning streak.

She has also been open about the homophobia she experienced as an athlete at Baylor University, but she didn't allow it to keep her from marrying her wife, Cherelle.

The US team has a surplus of Olympic experience and continues to reign supreme. As of Monday night, they had secured a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals despite rocky starts in their first three games. This team is composed of all the best players women's basketball has to offer in our country, and their victories have become almost an expectation, having earned a reputation as one of the best sports teams in history.