The United States women won 58 medals in all, better than all but three lead countries (China, Russia, Great Britain).
By conventional definition, there are six team sports in the Olympic Games—basketball, soccer, handball, field hockey, volleyball and water polo. In all of those sports the U.S. women’s team was more successful relative to its peers than the U.S. men’s team.
Basketball: Women’s team dominated en route to gold. Men’s team won gold, too, but did not outshine its peers to nearly the same extent.
Soccer: Women’s team won third consecutive gold. Men’s team didn’t qualify.
Field Hockey: Women qualified. Men did not.
Volleyball: Women made second consecutive title game. Men eliminated in quarterfinals.