Tina Thompson played on 13 USA Basketball teams between 1995 and 2008 and won two Olympic gold medals.
Tina Thompson was a 20-year-old student-athlete at the University of Southern California when she first played for USA Basketball at the 1995 World University Games. She helped the USA to a silver medal and 6-1 record in Fukuoka, Japan.
One year later, Tina Thompson returned to USA Basketball as a member of the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that won a gold medal with a 9-0 record in Taiwan.
A few months after she was the first draft pick in WNBA history by the Houston Comets in 1997, Tina Thompson traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the 1997 USA Basketball International Invitational, where the USA earned a 3-1 record playing against Australia and SCP Ruzomberok. (Australia also finished 3-1, but the Americans earned gold based on point differential.) Averaging 9.5 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game, Thompson was named to the five-member all-tournament team at the event.
Played in five cities in Australia against the Australian national team, Tina Thompson and the USA women compiled a 2-3 record during the 1998 Goldmark Cup exhibition series. The event featured the USA and Australia, which were the only two teams that already had qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games, and the USA visited a construction site for the upcoming Games.
Tina Thompson in 1999 was a member of the USA Women’s National Winter European Tour Team that played in Slovakia, France and Hungary. In its on-going effort to prepare for the 2000 Olympics, the USA completed a five-game schedule against European professional teams with a 4-1 record.
In the Spring of 1999, Tina Thompson participated in a USA Women’s National Team training camp and returned to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games, Tina Thompson participated in three training camps as a member of the USA Women’s National Team, including games in Cuba, Europe and the United States during which time the USA WNT earned a 13-0 record.
Tina Thompson played in her first Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, where the USA compiled an 8-0 record and captured the gold medal. Thompson played with USA Basketball for her Houston Comets head coach Van Chancellor and Comets teammate Sheryl Swoopes (left).
Tina Thompson (center) and the 2006 USA National Team completed a successful spring training that saw 26 athletes compile a 10-1 record against top national and professional teams, including capturing the 2006 Opals World Challenge title and competing in four different countries from March 1 through April 13. She is pictured here with Sheryl Swoopes (left) and Sue Bird (right) following a press conference naming the core group of the 2006 USA World Cup Team.
At the 2006 Opals World Challenge, Tina Thompson was a member of the all-tournament team.
Tina Thompson in 2006 helped the USA to an 8-1 record and bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup in Brazil.
As a member of the 2007 USA Women’s National Team, Tina Thompson (right) helped the USA to four wins during a tour of Italy in April, participated in a training camp in September in New York and Philadelphia and played in two exhibition wins against Australia in September. She is pictured here with Jessica Davenport.
Tina Thompson started in all five games for the USA at the 2007 Tournament of the Americas to help the USA to a 5-0 record, a gold medal and a berth into the 2008 Olympic Games. She is pictured here alongside Courtney Paris (middle) and Kara Lawson (right).
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Tina Thompson helped the USA to an 8-0 record and her second Olympic gold medal. She started in all eight games, averaged 12.8 points per game during the tournament and scored 27 points in the USA’s win over China on Aug. 11.
Prior to the 2008 Olympics, Tina Thompson played in the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Haining China, where the USA earned three wins and won a tournament title.
Now the head coach women’s basketball coach at the University of Virginia, Tina Thompson was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
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