The emergence of young talent was one of the highlights of the Olympic tournament. Winners Germany had a youthful accent, while Canada look to have a bright future, with Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, Deanne Rose, Janine Beckie and Jessie Fleming all impressing. Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius is another name to remember. Not that is was all about youngsters. Formiga, at 38, was outstanding in Brazil’s midfield, Hedvig Lindahl’s goalkeeping took Sweden to the Final, and Golden Boot winner Melanie Behringer’s five goals from midfield went a long way to ensuring German success.
Golden boot... Melanie Behringer