They said they only became news if they lost. But that never happened. The domination continued as the USA women's basketball team routed France 86-50 for a fifth consecutive gold medal in the Olympics. And in 2016 in Rio, the USA women will start with a streak of 41 consecutive games won.

Coach Geno Auriemma and the six former UConn players who made up half of this Olympic squad, reached their final goal Saturday when they stepped on the gold medal platform after defeating France. In tribute to the gold medal winners, we present a special photo page. (Photos by Richard Mackson and Bob Donnan of USA TODAY Sports for US PRESSWIRE).

Sue Bird enjoying the moment (Richard Mackson)

Diana Taurasi lining up a shot (Richard Mackson)

Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi tightening up the defense (Bob Donnan)

Mission accomplished for coach Geno Auriemma (Richard Mackson)

Swin Cash and Tamika Catchings celebrate (Richard Mackson)

Team USA striking the golden pose (Bob Donnan)

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