• As of October 21, 2016.

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games; 2002, 2010 & 2014 FIBA World Championships; 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational; 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament; 2007 FIBA Americas Championship; 2002 Opals World Challenge; 2000 R. William Jones Cup.
  • Silver Medal: 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Championship.
  • After playing in 2000 on the USA R. William Jones Cup and USA Select teams, was called up to the USA National Team in April 2002. Since then, has helped the USA to four-straight Olympic gold medals with perfect 8-0 records in each competition, three FIBA World Championship gold medals (24-0), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (8-1) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0). During that time, the USA National Team with Bird on the floor also compiled a 57-2 exhibition record.
  • Is the most decorated FIBA World Championship/World Cup athlete in FIBA history, male or female, owning three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006). Also is the only female four-time FIBA World Championship participant.
  • Is one of only five athletes in the world with four Olympic basketball gold medals after claiming her fourth Olympic gold in 2016.
  • One of 10 players to have earned an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Championship gold medal, WNBA title and NCAA title (Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Brittney Griner, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi and Kara Wolters).
  • Member of the 2014 USA Basketball World Championship Team that compiled a perfect 6-0 record en route to claiming gold at the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul and qualifying the U.S. for the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Averaged a 2012 Olympic tournament second-leading (tie) 4.5 apg. and led the 12-team field in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.27).
  • Her 36 assists in 2012 rank as the second most for a U.S. athlete in a single Olympic competition (Teresa Edwards, 64 in 1996) and currently ranks fourth all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders for assists (58) through three Olympiads.
  • Dished out 26 assists at the ‘10 Worlds, which ranks fifth among all-time USA single World Championship competition leaders; ranks third among all-time USA career leaders with 70 assists (2.8 apg.) over three FIBA World Championships.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and collected the award for the tournament’s best guard.
  • Attended part of the USA’s 2007 Tour of Italy training camp, but was unable to compete due to her team’s EuroLeague schedule.
  • Finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the tournament’s assist leader (4.6 apg.).
  • Member of the 2000 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that posted a 4-0 record in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned the gold medal. Returned less than two months later as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Select Team that competed against the eventual gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in an exhibition contest in Hawaii.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2002 by the Seattle Storm.
  • WNBA titles: 2004, 2010.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2008, 2010, 2011.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (injured), 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015.
  • WNBA assists leader: 2009, 2016.
  • WNBA All-Decade Team: 1997-06.
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniversary Team): 2011.
  • WNBA Top 20@20: 2016
  • WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2011 (shared with Ruth Riley)
  • EuroLeague titles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2008, 2011
  • Helped advance the Storm to the 2016 WNBA Playoffs.
  • Sat out the 2013 WNBA season after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her right knee.
  • Played 10 seasons (2004-05 to 2013-14) in Russia, spent her first two years with WBC Dynamo, before playing five seasons for Spartak Moscow Region Vidjoje and her last three seasons with UMMC Ekaterinburg.
  • Helped lead the Storm to a sweep of the 2010 playoffs and second WNBA title; the 2010 Storm also posted a franchise-record 28-6 regular-season slate.
  • Led the WNBA in 2009 with 5.8 apg.
  • After returning from Athens, helped lead the Storm to a 20-12 finish and the 2004 WNBA crown.
  • Second-leading vote getter for the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year honor.


Collegiate Notes:

  • During her four years (1999-02) at UConn, the Huskies posted a 136-9 record (.938), played in four NCAA Tournaments, won a pair of NCAA crowns (2000, 2002), advanced to the 2001 Final Four and earned four Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles.
  • National Player of the Year awards: Naismith, Wade Trophy, Honda Award, Associated Press and USBWA and the first annual Senior C.L.A.S.S. award (2002).
  • Top Female College Athlete of the Year ESPY winner (2002).
  • NCAA All-Final Four (2000, 2002), NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player (2002) and NCAA All-East Regional (2000).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2002), All-Big East first team (2002, 2001), All-Big East second team (2000).
  • Big East All-Tournament Team (2002).

Personal Notes

  • Hails from Syosset, New York, and currently splits her time living in Seattle, Washington, and Greenwich, New York; daughter of Nancy and Herschel Bird, has one sister, Jennifer.
  • Earned her degree in communication sciences.
  • Wears No. 10 because she and her sister were both born in the 10th month of the year.
  • Attended Christ The King H.S. (N.Y.), where she won two state titles and was the MVP of the 1998 state tournament.
  • A multi-sport athlete and National Honor Society member in high school, earned varsity letters twice in soccer and once in track.
  • In 2003 was voted by Seattle sports fans to replace SuperSonics and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team guard Gary Payton's billboard at the entrance of Seattle's Nike Town. She not only beat out Sonics guard and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen, the runner-up, but also Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm and Marion Jones.
  • Favorite musician is Citizen Cope; and enjoys watching Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, The Fall and The Affair, among other shows.
  • Enjoys reading US, Details and Dwell magazines.
  • Has had five surgeries in her left knee and two in her hips (one left, one right).
  • Her love of basketball began at age 6 at a New York Knicks game, and began playing because her older sister played. She also played soccer growing up.
  • Keeps her Olympic and FIBA World Championship medals in a safe deposit box.

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2016 OLY 7/ 7 11- 26 .423 4- 13 .308 0- 0 .--- 16/ 2.3 26/ 3.7 31 0 8
2016 OLYx 4/ 4 5- 15 .333 1- 2 .500 2- 2 1.000 10/ 2.5 13/ 3.3 19 0 4
2015 WNT 4/3 10-19 .526 3-8 .375 0- 0 .--- 6/ 1.5 23/ 5.8 9 0 6
2014 WC
6/6
8- 19
.421
1- 6
.167
2- 2
1.000
13/ 2.2 19/ 3.2 13 0 5
2014 WCx
5/5
8- 20
.400
3- 7
.429
1- 1
1.000
11/ 2.2 20/ 4.0 13 1 2
2012 OLY
8/ 8
21-43
.488
7-21
.333
0- 0
.---
17/2.1
49/6.1
36
0
2
2012 OLYx
3/ 1
5-10
.500
2-4
.500
0- 0
.---
5/1.7
12/4.0
14
0
3
2010 WC
9/ 9
22- 45
.489
6- 17
.353
0- 0
.---
20/ 2.2
50/ 5.6
26
0
12
2010 WNT
1/ 1
1- 2
.500
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
2/ 2.0
5
0
0
2009 WNT
3/ 3
8- 24
.333
1- 10
.100
2- 2
1.000
7/ 2.3
19/ 6.3
14
0
2
2008 OLY
8/ 8
10- 31
.323
2- 10
.200
2- 4
.500
18/ 2.3
24/ 3.0
14
0
14
2008 OLYx
3/ 3
9- 14
.643
4- 7
.571
2- 2
1.000
9/ 3.0
24/ 8.0
5
0
5
2007 COLL
8/ 8
24- 52
.462
12- 26
.462
12- 12
1.000
18/ 2.3
72/ 9.0
23
0
5
2007 FWLT
5/ 5
13- 26
.500
6- 14
.429
4- 4
1.000
11/ 2.2
36/ 7.2
15
0
7
2007 TOA
5/ 5
11- 22
.500
2- 7
.286
4- 4
1.000
19/ 3.8
28/ 5.6
20
1
10
2007 WNT
2/ 2
7- 15
.467
1- 3
.333
3- 4
.750
8/ 4.0
18/ 9.0
6
0
5
2006 WC
9/ 9
27- 56
.482
10- 20
.500
5- 8
.625
13/ 1.4
69/ 7.7
41
1
12
2006 WCx
1/ 1
3- 6
.500
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
2/ 2.0
6/ 6.0
3
0
1
2006 WNT
3/ 2
5- 10
.500
3- 4
.750
2- 2
1.000
9/ 3.0
15/ 5.0
6
0
3
2004 OLY
7/ 0
9- 30
.300
2- 16
.125
0- 0
.---
6/ 0.9
20/ 2.9
8
0
2
2004 OLYx
3/ 0
7- 15
.467
2- 6
.333
2- 2
1.000
3/ 1.0
18/ 6.0
5
0
4
2004 WNT
13/ 0
22- 53
.415
10- 30
.333
3- 4
.750
28/ 2.2
57/ 4.4
48
1
16
2002 WC
7/ 0
9- 27
.333
4- 12
.333
8- 8
1.000
7/ 1.0
30/ 4.3
3
0
6
2002 OWC
4/ 0
6- 16
.375
1- 4
.250
0- 0
.---
5/ 1.3
13/ 3.3
4
0
1
2000 SEL
1/ 1
0- 5
.000
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
2/ 2.0
0/ 0.0
3
0
0
2000 JCUP
4/ 4
3- 13
.231
1- 3
.333
1- 4
.250
10/ 2.5
8/ 2.0
17
0
5
Totals 133/95 264-605 .436 88-253 .348 55-67 .821 274/ 2.1 671/ 5.0 401 3 140

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