Perk's blog: Golden Night

LONDON - I've seen pictures of the O2 Arena in North Greenwich, England, but tonight I got to see the state of the art facility in person, and it was rather amazing. Partially I was impressed by the splendor of the outside of the domed arena, but more so, I was struck by what was happening inside the arena. The USA women's basketball team was winning the gold medal in hoops for the fifth straight Olympics.

Let's face it, the 40th anniversary of Title IX has been a pretty remarkable one for the American women at these Olympics. The female athletes over here in London have dominated in the pool and on the track. The gymnasts were dominant. We kicked butt in fencing and volleyball. Even in water polo. But nowhere was the domination more evident than on the basketball court where the other dream team demolished France in tonight's finale by 36 points.

It was a nice sight seeing Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul from their respective dream team sitting courtside, rooting on their countrywomen as they achieved this thorough trouncing of their opponent.

The team led by legendary coach Geno Auriemma was triumphant in such a lopsided manner. The fact that three players from our WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx played such a vital role made it all the sweeter to watch.

Seeing Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, and Seimone Augustus bask in Olympic glory was a sight to behold. Hearing them grasp for the words to describe their pinnacle performance gave me goosebumps.

I couldn't be happier for this trio of ladies who deserve every bit of this golden success.

And knowing Kevin Love of the Timberwolves will probably be experiencing this same success on Sunday was a brilliant way to conclude this Olympiad.

Go USA! Especially the women!



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