USA Basketball announces first 11 Players for 2012 Olympic Team
USA Basketball announced the first 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Friday. The team includes a trio of two-time Olympic gold medalists, four athletes who have each earned one Olympic gold medal and four new members. The squad will compete for the USA’s fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal in London this summer.
One slot remains opens on the team. The last member will be selected at a later date.
Named to their third Olympic team were Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), all of whom won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Competing in her second Olympics after winning gold in Athens in 2004 is Swin Cash (Chicago Sky); while Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) captured their Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008. Playing on the Olympic stage for the first time will be Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
The USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee selected the team with approval from the USA Basketball Board of Directors and pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.