So, we meet again

Can the U.S. women erase last summer's Japan pain by winning the Olympic gold?

Updated: August 9, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Ever since losing last year's Women's World Cup final to Japan, the U.S. has made no secret of using that disappointment as fuel for its Olympic quest. As much as manager Pia Sundhage tried to downplay it, the memory of that penalty-shootout defeat drove her players on fitness days, during qualifying and well into the tournament itself.

"It definitely lingers for the team, and it's a constant discussion in a positive way," U.S. captain Christie Rampone said before the Olympics. ...

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