(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings now have done something only Teresa Edwards and Lisa Leslie have managed as women basketball players.
Four medals, all gold.
"Four times!'' said Angel McCoughtry, who just won her second gold. "Can you imagine? That's amazing. I'm glad I got to spend a fourth with them.''
Taurasi treated her fourth Olympics as if it was her first, trying to make sure she savored every moment rather than think of this as possibly the end.
"It's been hard because all I keep hearing is this is your last Olympics, this is your last one,'' Taurasi said. "And you kind of have to put that aside and just enjoy every moment because you don't want to get caught up in the end and you forget all those good times. So I really treated it like my first one. I acted like I'd never been here every practice, every bus ride, every dinner we had I really made sure to enjoy it all. Tonight I'm really going to enjoy it."
Catchings spent Saturday working to control her emotions and preparing to play. At 37, this is her last Olympics.
"Whether Sue and D play in another one or not, for me it's kind of like I'm passing the torch over to whoever that next generation is,'' Catchings said.
These three started together in the 2004 Athens Games and continued through 2008 Beijing Games onto 2012 in London before arriving in Rio with the mission of helping the U.S. win a sixth consecutive gold medal.
Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, right, in Athens, Greece, on Aug. 28, 2004, after winning the gold medal. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Taurasi wipes tears away after receiving her gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 11, 2012, with Catchings on the left. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The U.S. women's team had fans watching in the U.S. including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.