Basketball

Men

Men

Nickname: Boomers

Olympics: 12

Best result: 4th (Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000)

Medals: 0

Olympic basketball has been dominated for the past 20 years by Team USA and other powerhouses such as Russia, China and Argentina. Australia's men have never medalled in the Olympic basketball tournament, but 2012 might just be their year to appear on the dais.

The Boomers squad is headed up by point guard Patty Mills, who has not long returned from a deep play-off run in the NBA with San Antonio.

While Australia is fielding five debutants, two of those - Peter Crawford and Adam Gibson - are seasoned NBL stars.

The Boomers' starting five have a combined seven Olympic campaigns between them and in the second unit Mark Worthington and Brad Newley add their experience from Beijing in 2008.

The Boomers won their farewell series against Greece 3-0 in a strong final home tune-up for London.

Boomers (Men's team):

David Andersen (Montepaschi Siena, Italy), David Barlow (UCAM Murcia, Spain), Aron Baynes (Ikaros Kallitheas, Greece), Peter Crawford (Townsville Crocodiles, NBL), Matthew Dellavedova (St Mary's, USA), Adam Gibson (Gold Coast Blaze, NBL), Joe Ingles (Regal FC Barcelona, Spain), Aleks Maric (Panathinaikos, Greece), Patrick Mills (San Antonio Spurs, NBA), Brad Newley (Valencia, Spain), Matt Nielsen (BC Khimki, Turkey), Mark Worthington (Gold Coast Blaze, NBL)

Women

Nickname: Opals

Olympics: 9

Best result: 2nd (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008)

Medals: 4 (3 silver, 1 bronze)

Olympic gold has been elusive for the Opals, who won bronze in Atlanta in 1996 before taking three consecutive silver medals, falling in the final each time to the Americans. Australia's women are a strong team going into London, although one notable gap in the Opals' roster is Penny Taylor, who was ruled out of contention in May with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Taylor, who can play at guard or forward, is considered one of the best women's basketballers in the world and was set for her third Olympic campaign before sustaining the injury playing for her Turkish club.

Jenna O'Hea, who plays in the WNBA for Los Angeles Sparks, will be contesting her first Olympics after missing out in 2008 and is expected to step up in Taylor's absence. Young centre Liz Cambage will join Jackson in the Opals' front court in her maiden Olympic campaign.

Opals (Women's team):

Suzy Batkovic, Abby Bishop, Liz Cambage, Kristi Harrower, Laura Hodges, Lauren Jackson, Rachel Jarry, Kathleen Macleod, Jenny O'Hea, Sam Richards, Jenni Screen, Belinda Snell