I don’t know if someone else has said/noticed this before but I was looking at the previous WCH and OG winners and saw that since 2010: the second-placed team at the WCH won the following OG (BRA 2010 and 2012, CHN 2014 and 2016), the team who won the OG placed 3rd at the following WCH (BRA 2012 and 2014, CHN 2016 and 2018), the 2nd placed team at the OG won the following WCH (USA 2012 and 2014, SRB 2016 and 2018).
If we follow this pattern, this time Italy will get the gold (2nd place in 2018) and Serbia will finish 3rd (1st place in 2018) 😶
Brazil was also silver in WCH 2006 and Gold in London.
I think that be the silver increase the desire of been the number one. When you are number one you come to a relax situation and at the same time more pressure situation on the field.
America and Asia have been dominating the OG. I see Italy as top contender because of Egonu and the great team besides her.
Serbia seems to me more weak than in Rio 2016.