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With three days left, two thirds of Team USA’s Olympic gold medals were won by women

Team USA women are dominating the London 2012 medal count, and many of them hail from Southern California.

On Thursday, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Team USA soccer brought home the gold against Japan, and Commerce's Brenda Villa and Team USA water polo captured the top spot against Spain.

Team USA women also took home the gold in boxing on Thursday, and SoCal duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings captured their third Olympic gold.

Women's volleyball and basketball also earned another shot to compete for the top spot. Their success is revving up a little Olympic inspiration at the Heart of Los Angeles after-school program for at-risk teens.

"You see that there are women representing your country well. Women of color, it's just, all you can do is just be proud of those girls," said Taryn Randle, athletic assistant at Heart of Los Angeles.

For the first time in Olympic history, every country has women on its team. Another first: females outnumbered male athletes representing the United States, setting an example for ladies everywhere, and giving them a reason to dream big.

With three days left, two thirds of Team USA’s Olympic gold medals were won by women.


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And it all happened in the 40th anniversary year of Title Nine, which leveled the playing field for female athletes competing in the Olympics.

"When we see other females playing professionally, and representing our nation, then it means something to us," said Daisy Lopez, who is on the HOLA basketball team.

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