Monday, November 30, 2015

Women of dominance

The numbers don't lie when it comes to several of the US women's teams at the Olympics.

Women of dominance


The U.S. women's basketball team, women's softball team and the beach volleyball duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are all only their way to gold medals. The question is, will anyone put up much of a fight? Consider:


After their 104-60 win over South Korea in the quarterfinals, the Americans have won 31 consecutive games since losing in the 1992 semifinals and have made the medal round in every Olympics they have entered.


The softball team is 7-0 at the end of the prelims, having outscored their opponents by 53-1, swatting an Olympic record 13 home runs and hitting .377 as a team. The pitching staff has allowed five hits with 56 strikeouts in 39 innings and one unearned run. The U.S. has won all three gold medals since the sport was added to the Games and is 34-1, including 21 straight wins since 2000.


The defending gold medalists have won 107 consecutive matches. They have not lost a set in the tournament and have not lost a match at any level on the beach since August 2007. The United States has now reached the podium in all four Olympics since beach volleyball was added to the games in 1996.  They play the Chinese duo of Tian Jia and Wang Jie in the finals.

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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