On This Day In Olympic History
From July 24-Aug. 9, the span of days that the 2020 Olympics were originally scheduled, USA Basketball is taking a look back at various Olympic facts and and happenings from our Olympic historical vault. Join us on our 2020 Olympic flashback journey!
Aug. 3: Olympics Day 11
- Video (YouTube): 1996 USA Men vs. China & Muhammad Ali Receives Replacement Medal
- Facts & Photos: 1996 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- Complete Recap of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- On this Day: In 2012, the women defeated Czech Republic 88-61, led by 18 points from Diana Taurasi and a U.S. Olympic women’s single-game record of 62 rebounds; in 1996 the USA men collected the gold medal with a 95-69 win over Yugoslavia as David Robinson capped his Olympic career with a 28-point outburst; in 1992 Medina Dixon tallied a U.S. Olympic women’s record 28 points, which now lists fourth on the list, and the USA squad set a new scoring record in the 114-59 victory over Spain; Steve Alford went 8-of-8 from the field for 16 points to lead the 1984 team to a 91-55 victory over France; also in 1984, behind Lynette Woodard's 15 points and 14 more from Janice Lawrence, China fell to the American squad 91-55; and in 1948, the USA’s 59-57 close win over Argentina was led by 12 points apiece from Don Barksdale and Gordon Carpenter.
Aug. 2: Olympics Day 10
- Video: 2012 U.S. Men vs. Spain in the Gold Medal Game
- Facts & Photos: 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- On this Day: Carmelo Anthony set a U.S. record with 37 points (13-16 FGs and 10-12 3-pointers) in just 14 minutes of action to lead the USA past Nigeria 156-73, and the 156 points also set a U.S. Olympic men’s single-game scoring record; double-doubles from Lisa Leslie (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Katrina McClain (18 points, 15 rebounds) powered the 1996 women to a 93-71 semifinal defeat of Australia; Charles Barkley scored a team-high 20 points in 1992 as the USA drubbed Spain 122-81; in 1984 the USA women beat South Korea 84-47 with the help of 15 points from Lynette Woodard; Clyde Lovelette’s nine points led the U.S. in a 36-25 victory over the Soviet Union in the 1952 gold medal game; and Vince Boryla notched nine points as the 1948 squad downed Czechoslovakia 53-28.
Aug. 1: Olympics Day 9
- Video (YouTube): Gold Medal Game USA Women vs. Australia
- Facts & Photos: 2000 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- On this Day: In 2012, the USA women, led by Angel McCoughtry’s 18 points and a U.S. Olympic women’s single-game record of 10-of-10 from the line, defeated Turkey 89-58; the 1996 men, paced by a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds from Charles Barkley, defeated Australia 101-73 in the semifinal to advance to the gold medal game; Medina Dixon scored 19 points and the team set a U.S. record for field goals attempted (90) in a 93-67 victory over China in 1992; in 1984 the USA men downed Uruguay 104-68 behind Patrick Ewing’s 17 points and nine rebounds.
July 31: Olympics Day 8
- Video (YouTube): Second Half of 1988 USA Women vs. Yugoslavia
- Facts & Photos: 1988 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- Complete Recap of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- On this Day:Between 1948 and 2012, there were six USA games played in the Olympics. In 2012 Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love tallied 16 points each as the USA defeated Tunisia 110-63; the 1996 women defeated Japan 108-96 in the quarterfinals as Lisa Leslie scored a USA single-game Olympic women’s record 35 points and Katrina McClain tied the rebounding record with 16; Charles Barkley’s 30 points led the 1992 Dream Team to a 127-83 win over Brazil; Cheryl Miller scored 20 points to help the 1984 squad to a 81-47 thrashing of Australia; in 1952, Clyde Levelette topped the USA’s scorers with 27 points in a 85-76 downing of Argentina; and the 1948 men, behind 19 points from Alex Groza, defeated Switzerland 86-21.
July 30: Olympics Day 7
- Video (YouTube): 2012 Gold Medal Game vs. France & USA interviews prior to 2012 game vs. Australia
- Facts & Photos: 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- On this Day: A double-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and a U.S. Olympic single-game record four blocked shots from Candace Parker led the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team to a 90-38 defeat of Angola while the squad set a team record with 11 blocks; in 1996 Penny Hardaway scored 14 points as the USA defeated Brazil 98-75 in quarterfinal action; the 1992 women defeated Czechoslovakia 111-55 behind 18 points from Cynthia Cooper and a U.S. Olympic women’s single-game record of 40 steals; in 1984 Michael Jordan knocked down 20 points in a 89-68 victory over Canada; in 1952 the USA men edged Brazil 57-53 as Clyde Lovelette put up a team-high 11 points.
- Video: Vince Carter Dunk
- Facts & Photos: 2000 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- On this Day: A near double-double of 22 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Durant led the 2012 squad to a 98-71 win over France; in 1996, Nikki McCray scored 16 points as the U.S. team downed South Korea 105-64; in 1992 the Dream Team defeated Germany 111-68 behind 19 points from Larry Bird, 18 points from Karl Malone and 12 assists from Michael Jordan, which tied the U.S. Olympic men’s single-game assist record; the 1984 Olympics saw the USA claim victories in men’s and women’s basketball on July 29. Alvin Robertson (18 points) and Michael Jordan (14 points) led the USA men in a 97-49 victory over China, and Cheryl Miller’s 23 points helped pave the way to the women’s 83-55 win over Yugoslavia; in 1952 Clyde Lovelette scored a then-USA record 25 points to lead the U.S. to a lopsided 103-55 victory over Chile.
- Video (YouTube): Olympic Channel Features Kobe Bryant on 2008 Memories & Replay of USA vs. Spain in the 2008 Gold Medal Game
- Complete Recap of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team
- Facts & Photos: 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
- On this Day: In 2012 Tina Charles scored 14 points in her Olympic debut to lead the U.S. women to an 81-56 victory over Croatia; In 1996 Mitch Richmond’s 16 points led the U.S. men to a 102-71 defeat of Croatia; In 1952, Bob Kurland scored a team-high 15 points to lead the USA to an 86-58 preliminary round win over the Soviets, which the USA went on to down 36-25 in the gold medal game.
- Video (YouTube): 20 Years Later: Catching Up with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women & NBC Sports: Beginning of a Women's Basketball Dynasty in 1996
- Complete Recap of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team
- Facts & Photos: 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- Complete Recap of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- On this Day: Behind a pair of double-double performances from Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain, and in front of a then-women’s Olympic basketball record crowd of 33,952, the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team defeated Australia 96-79; In 1992, the Dream Team defeated Croatia 103-70 behind 21 points from Michael Jordan and a U.S. Olympic men’s single-game record 32 steals; The 1976 U.S. men captured gold with a 95-74 victory over Yugoslavia as Adrian Dantley scored a team-high 30 points, which currently is tied for fourth-most for U.S. Olympic men’s single-game points total; In 1952 the U.S. men defeated Uruguay after a then-U.S. scoring record (tie) 21 points from Bob Kurland.
- Video: 2004 Memories with Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings & Dawn Staley
- Facts & Photos: 2004 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- Complete Recap of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women's Team
- On this Day: Scottie Pippen's 24-point performance led seven U.S. players in double-digit scoring as the 1996 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team set four USA Olympic records and, in the process, trounced China 133-70 in front of an Olympic basketball record crowd of 34,417 on July 26 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; In 1992, Charles Barkley scored 24 points as the Dream Team opened play with a 68-point, 116-48 victory over Angola; Both the U.S. men and women earned victories on this day in 1976 -- Scott May’s 22 points led the men to a 95-77 victory over Canada in the semifinals, and Lusia Harris scored 17 points in a 83-67 victory over Czechoslovakia, which clinched the USA’s silver medal; In 1952 the USA men defeated Czechoslovakia 72-47 behind 14 points from Bob Kurland.
- Video (YouTube): Billie Moore Speaks to Fort Worth Weekly About 1976 Experience & 1976 Olympians Speak to Knoxville News Sentinel
- Complete Recaps of the U.S. Olympic Women's Teams: 1976, 1980 & 1984
- Facts & Photos: 1976-1984 U.S. Olympic Women's Teams
- On this Day: In 1996, the USA women's team defeated Zaire 107-47 as Jennifer Azzi poured in 18 points and the team set a U.S. Olympic women's single-game record with its 60-point margin of victory; Tied 37-37 at halftime, the U.S. outscored Czechoslovakia 46-30 in the second half to earn a 83-67 win and clinch the silver medal at the inaugural women's basketball competition at the 1976 Montreal Olympics; At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, University of Missouri and Peoria Caterpillars guard Dan Pippen scored a team-high 13 points to lead the USA men to a 66-48 victory over Hungary.
- Video: Dawn Staley talks about her memories of being the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team flag bearer for Opening Ceremony.
- Photo Gallery: U.S. Basketball Teams at Opening Ceremonies
- Feature: Today would have marked the beginning of the 2020 Olympic Games with an elaborate Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. Instead, USA Basketball looks back to the 2004 Opening Ceremony when Dawn Staley became the first basketball player, and just third African American, to carry the U.S. flag into an Olympics Opening Ceremony.
- On this Day: In 1996 Charles Barkley scored a team-best 16 points to lead the USA in a 104-82 victory over Lithuania; Behind 14 points and six rebounds from Mitch Kupchak and 12 points and 11 boards from Scott May, the U.S. squad defeated Czechoslovakia 81-76 in Montreal in 1976.
July 29: Olympics Day 6
July 28: Olympics Day 5
July 27: Olympics Day 4
July 26: Olympics Day 3
July 25: Olympics Day 2
July 24: Olympics Day 1