When Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi won their first Olympic gold medal, there was no iPhone yet, Chipotle had more than 300 restaurants nationwide, and Netflix was still sending movie DVDs via email.
Oh my goodness, let’s get started: another story of some extraordinary “AARPthletes”.
Bird and Taurasi were appointed to the senior women’s national team by the United States Basketball Team on Monday, which will attempt to win the seventh consecutive gold medal at the start of the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo on July 23. This will be the fifth Olympic Games for 40-year-old Bird and Taurasi, who celebrated his 39th birthday earlier this month.
In a year full of them, they represented the example of two other athletes. They put their outstanding performance far beyond what was considered the “retirement age” in the past, and joined the Super Bowl champion Tom Brady (43 years old), PGA champion Phil Mickelson (50 years old) and Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves (46 years old) and football star Carli Lloyd aim to become her fourth Olympic team at the age of 39, while sprinter Allyson Felix On Sunday, he won second place in the 400-meter sprint at the U.S. Olympics, thereby qualifying for the fifth Olympic Games to test in Eugene, Oregon, and will turn 36 in November.
“This is a great journey-playing for so long, my friends, and playing with my family. It means everything to us,” Taurasi announced on Monday’s Today Show. “I think sometimes you are attracted to the history of this team, and we are trying to bring it to the next generation, young players. I think we are just really focusing on what we have to do to bring gold home. .”
Taurasi and Bird were teammates in Connecticut for two seasons. In the 2001-02 season, their team won the NCAA championship with a 39-0 record.
Considering the overwhelming advantages of the American women’s basketball program and the value of Bird’s experience, she may be a worthy person to join, just to help in emergencies and to play a leading role during the game as well as in practice and competition.
However, this is not this. Bird is still one of the best point guards in the WNBA, to win the 2020 league championship and rank 12-2 in the Western Conference and No. 1 in 2021.
Taurasi can play two backcourt positions and averaged 18.7 points and 4.5 assists for the Phoenix Mercury last season. Due to a chest injury, she was limited to four games this season, but still averaged 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game.
“I think the most important thing is to keep the 12 players on the roster healthy,” coach Dawn Starley said. “There are a lot of players who are not on this list have been helping us. This is a three to four year process for us. But you need a good combination.
“When you have core players who have participated in multiple Olympic Games, you have to join some young people. The young people we have added have certainly indicated that they want to be part of the Olympic team, and they put their work behind.
“We don’t want to be the team that ends this winning streak.”