US Olympic women’s basketball team going for sixth gold medal

(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is ready for Rio.

The ladies stopped by ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday as they gear up for the 2016 Summer Games.

“Well luckily, a lot of them had played in previous Olympics and lot of them were together in London so, there’s not a lot that you have to do that’s brand new and they’re all so unselfish and they all want to play together and they all want the same thing, so it makes it easy,” said head coach Geno Auriemma.

The team will be going for their sixth straight gold medal. Players Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have won gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

“For some of us, it’s our fourth Olympics, some third, second,” Taurasi said. “It’s always a different group so it’s always exciting to see how we’re going to come together, what kind of team it’s going to be and I think we just have a group that’s ready, focused and to go down there and do work.”

Bird said this group is focusing on the journey ahead of them.

“The players that we played with before, they set the tone,” she said. “We’re just kind of following suit and we’re hoping we can show the younger players how to do it and like Di said, everyone team’s different. You know, just cause we won before, doesn’t mean we win again.”

As for the toughest competitor on the court, “If I had to pick one, I’d say Australia,” Taurasi said.

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