Posted September 10, 2012 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Venus Williams of the United States of America looks on in her semifinals doubles match with Serena Williams of the United States of America against Lisa Raymond of the USA and Rennae Stubbs of Australia during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
The United States' female Olympians have been honored by WNBA with its Inspiration Award. The women, who won 58 of the Americans' 104 medals at the London Games, were celebrated at the league's Inspiring Women Luncheon on Monday. Tennis star Venus Williams - who earned her fourth Olympic gold, including her third in doubles with her sister Serena - credited Title IX and players such as Althea Gibson and Billie Jean King with paving the way for her opportunities. Teresa Edwards, a five-time Olympic medalist - including four golds - and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, received the Pioneer Award for serving as a role model on and off the court. Also, the U.S. women's basketball team was recognized for winning its fifth straight gold.
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