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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Indoor Arena, Helleniko Olympic Complex, Hellinikon; Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: RUS Russia


The United States’ women had not lost an international game or tournament since the 1992 Olympics. The team was slightly different as Teresa Edwards was gone, but they still had Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. Edwards spot at point guard was taken by Dawn Staley, playing in her third consecutive Olympics. It mattered little, as the USA was again unstoppable, winning every game. In Group B, their closest game was against Spain, winning 71-58. In the semi-finals, they were pushed by Russia, but won 66-62. The final was a re-match of the 2000 Olympic final, with the Americans defeating Australia, 74-63. Russia defeated Brazil to win the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Czech Republic CZE
6 Spain ESP
7 Greece GRE
8 New Zealand NZL
9 China CHN
10 Japan JPN
11 Nigeria NGR
12 South Korea KOR