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.