Well, as they say in the cartoons...That's All Folks. This post ends our Olympic WNT Blog. It's been a long, exciting journey to the gold medal. It started in China in January at the Four Nations Tournament and ended in China on Aug. 21 at Beijing Workers Stadium. In between, the U.S. won 26 games, lost one (coming in the Olympics of all places, but that was part of the magical story) and tied one (which they later won in PKs over Canada in the CONCACAF Qualifying Final). The run in the Olympics featured dramatic turns in every match. From the worst first four minutes in Olympic women's soccer history against Norway in the opener, to the must-win 1-0 victory over Japan on spectacular goal from Carli Lloyd in the second match, to the combination of results on the final match day that won Group G for the USA, to Natasha Kai's overtime game-winner against Canada in the semifinal and the USA's come-from-behind shellacking of Japan in the semifinal. And of course, the tremendous overall team effort to beat a talented Brazilian side in the gold medal match.
What a year, what a tournament, what a team.
We must highlight the absolutely fantastic job by Pia Sundhage and her coaching staff as well as the U.S. support staff that works behind the scenes to make sure the team has everything it needs to win. So, to all those who helped get the team to the top of the mountain, thank you. To all the fans that cheered the team on during the wee hours of the morning, thank you. And to all the fans who will be coming to watch the Olympic champions on their 10-game post-Olympic Tour -- SEE YOU THERE!