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Lisa Leslie and U.S. women's basketball earn Olympic four-peat

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I guess when you've won four consecutive gold medals you have to find new ways to celebrate. Lisa Leslie (in the middle of the Charlie's Angels pose; Candace Parker on left, Delisha Milton-Jones on right) had 14 points and seven rebounds as the U.S. women's basketball team defeated Australia 92-65 to earn another Olympic championship. Leslie, who was playing in her last Olympic game, joined her old teammate Teresa Edwards as being the only U.S. players ever to win four gold medals in the sport.

From the AP Report:

“I visualized having a fourth gold medal,” Leslie told NBC. “I’ve been able to represent my country since I was 24 years old. It’s been just awesome.”

Kara Lawson had a team-high 15 points for the Americans while Parker finished with 14 points of her own. This was the thrid consecutive time the Aussies have lost to Team U.S.A. in an Olympic final. According to the AP, the U.S.A. has now won 33 consecutive Olympic games in a row.

It will be interesting to see if the U.S. can keep that streak up without Leslie's presence in the middle at the 2012 Games in London. They'll worry about that later though ... there is probably one heck of a "retirement" party going on in Beijing.

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