London 2012 Olympics: USA basketball, female gymnasts vault into Olympic competition Sunday

(CNN) -- The world's best female gymnasts vault into Olympic competition Sunday as five men's basketball games -- including the United States vs. France -- play out in the second full day of competition.

The qualification round of women's gymnastics Sunday will filter out the top eight countries, who will then compete in the team finals Tuesday night.

The U.S. team, dubbed the "Fab Five," carries the pressure of bringing home America's first team gold medal since the "Magnificent Seven" did so at the 1996 games. But they must contend with the defending Olympic champion China, as well as Romania and Russia.

Meanwhile, 10 men's basketball teams will try to win their preliminary games on Sunday, including the United States.

Many are hoping to see how this year's American squad stacks up to the 1992 U.S. basketball team, known as the Dream Team, which trounced the competition at the Barcelona Games by an average of more than 40 points. Some analysts called it the greatest sports team ever assembled.

Team USA's opponent, France, is making its first Olympic appearance since 2000, when it battled the United States in the finals and lost, 85-75.

In the pool, swimmers will compete for the gold in the men's 100-meter breaststroke, men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, the women's 400-meter freestyle and the women's 100-meter butterfly.

Medals will also be awarded Sunday in women's archery, women's cycling, women's diving, men's fencing, men's and women's judo and women's shooting.

CNN's David Ariosto, Stephanie Halasz, Amanda Davies and Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

 
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