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Thompson, Johnson propel U.S.

Updated: September 2, 2004, 3:27 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The women bringing home a basketball gold medal celebrated with the unbridled joy of children at play.

Dawn Staley, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes and their U.S. Olympic teammates huddled under Old Glory as if it were a sheltering tent. They laughed and giggled and skipped around the court, soaking up the adulation.

This was a team in every sense of the word, the most dominant in women's basketball.

U.S. men, take note!

The United States shook ...

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