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Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi Become First Basketball Players Ever to Win 5 Gold Medals

Last week, I was talking, in depth, about the stakes surrounding the men’s basketball tournament at the Olympics and what them winning would mean for the reputation of Team USA. While the men’s USA basketball team did end up winning, the true story of the weekend for Olympic basketball was the milestone that Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi accomplished after beating Japan in the gold medal game on Sunday. The teammates became the first basketball players ever, male or female, to win five gold medals, making them, now, the greatest duo in Olympic basketball history.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have played together in college, overseas and in the Olympics and there’s one common thing running through their time together: they win. After winning five Olympic gold medals, the world has seen the duo play in the Olympics for their last time on Sunday, but they leave behind a historic run. The Team USA women are on a staggering 55-game Olympic winning streak that dates back to the bronze medal game of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, almost thirty years ago. On Sunday, Team USA made it abundantly clear that this streak will not be ending soon as they lead big against Japan for most of the game, particularly in the second half. The star of the game was, by far, Brittney Griner, who led the team, scoring 30 points, the most ever by a US player, surpassing the 29 points that Lisa Leslie had put up in 1996.

After the final buzzer, Bird and Taurasi embraced each other and embraced their fellow teammates. While Bird is retiring from Olympic basketball, Taurasi is still keeping the idea open, saying she’ll “see,” when asked about playing in the 2024 Olympics.  

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