On Tuesday, Raisman added to the medal haul with a gold in the floor exercise and a bronze in beam.
At the rowing venue near Windsor Castle, the American womens eight team repeated as Olympic champions. The team is undefeated in the past four years.
U.S. basketball player Candace Parker said the women feed off success of American teammates in other sports.
Ive always been a fan of womens team sports, ever since I was a kid, she said. I remember watching Magnificent Seven gymnasts in 96 , Mia Hamms soccer team, Lisa Leslie on the basketball team. Ive always been a fan. We do kind of feed off each other. Its kind of like a standard weve all set. We watched USA succeed, and once we get our opportunity, we want to continue that tradition.
Added teammate Tamika Catchings: Its just a pride thing we all have whether we know each other or dont. The Olympics is highest of highest of levels for female athletes. We are celebrating Title IX, 40 years, the first year there are more women competing at the Olympics than men. Now, look at the performance, especially from our standpoint, the U.S. women being able to come out and do so well in so many sports. Its been amazing to see.
But all is not equal for the American female Olympians. Despite the remarkable success of the womens basketball team, they get barely a fraction of coverage that the mens team gets.
U.S. coach Geno Auriemma was particularly disappointed with the lack of coverage of their 114-66 win over China over the weekend and voiced his displeasure after Tuesdays game.
We played one of the games of the ages against China, in terms of how we executed, he said. Somebody happened to leave a USA Today International edition around. I opened it to read about the Olympics. There wasnt one line written about that game the next day. Not one. But the top 10 preseason college football poll was there.
So, yeah. We have a mind-set we really dont care. Were way past that. There are no feminists on my team. Were not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team. I mean, I would burn mine cause it doesnt fit like it used to. We just play basketball and whether anybody cares or writes about it, theres nothing we can do about that. Were not in the [public relations] business, were in the basketball business and were pretty damned good at it.
Lopiano believes that, too, will change with time. The next generation will demand equality in sports media and TV. The images of these athletes today will be cemented in them, and things will keep changing.