Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 10/6/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Candace Parker #15 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The USA Basketball Program announced its 21 finalists for the 2012 Olympic team on Monday, and among them is the LA Sparks Candace Parker. Parker was also a member of the gold medal winning American squad in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the bronze medal winning team in the 2006 World Championship. (We have) players that have won (Olympic) gold medals, won World Championships, there are WNBA champions on the list, players that have won in Europe in international competition, said USA and UCONN head coach Geno Auriemma who has lead the national program since 2009. There is a culture of winning. There is a culture of excellence. There is a commitment from the players that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. These 21 finalists represent the best of what the United States has to offer. Joining Parker in a group of probable front runners are two-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi. In all, she is one of nine finalists that already have won O...
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