WOW, what a game! In a fight to the finish on Aug. 21, both Team USA and Team Serbia pulled out STUNNING performances and a great deal of sportsmanship. Congratulations are in order for the champions, Team USA, who swept the 2016 Rio Olympics by storm.
Both teams played with a lot of heart and spirit, but there could only be ONE winner! After traveling down the strenuous road to Rio for many weeks, Team USA must be thrilled to pull out such a miraculous win of 96 to 66 points and take home the gold. In our eyes, both teams are considered champions for the amount of effort and training they put into preparing for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. It goes without saying that head coach Mike Krzyzewski is proud of our players for fighting through that nail-biting shootout! This is the third consecutive gold medal for Team USA!
Leading up to the finals, both Serbia and the US maintained a strong winning streak. The US pulled out multiple victories over China, Argentina, Spain, Australia, France and EVEN Serbia a few weeks back. Meanwhile, Serbia dominated over Australia as well, and Croatia. In America, the sport of basketball is ALL the rage thanks to the NBA, but it’s comforting to know that we have worthy opponents who share the same dream scattered across the globe. Competing for bronze on Aug. 21 as well was Australia versus Spain. Only winning by ONE point was Spain, who walked away with a 89-88 victory, and took home the bronze.
The last time the men’s national basketball team won gold was in 2012 against Spain, when LeBron James was appointed leader. #TeamUSA also won gold in 2008 and 2000 — wouldn’t Michael Jordan be SO proud?! The first time #TeamUSA competed in the Olympics was back in 1936, and they’ve been wowing international crowds ever since. We’re so proud of our twelve talented players who fought a fair game and didn’t let the win interfere with their sportsmanship!
HollywoodLifers, what were some of your favorite moments from the basketball finals? Tell us!