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Will success carry beyond Games?

Updated: August 12, 2012, 2:52 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPN.com

LONDON -- As the U.S. women's basketball team dominated France in Saturday's gold-medal game to extend its Olympic winning streaks to five consecutive golds, 41 straight victories and a 16-year period of perfection, NBA commissioner David Stern sat perched at center court beaming like a proud parent.

"Terrific, wasn't it?" he gushed following the 86-50 win. "You just watched the best athletes in the world in their sport."

Although Stern is not the WNBA's commissioner, ...

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