Teresa Edwards To Carry Pan American Games Sports Organization Flag
Five-time Olympian and two-time Pan American Games medalist Teresa Edwards has been selected one of eight athletes who will carry the Pan American Sports Organization flag into the Opening Ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games on Oct. 14 in Guadalajara, Mexico.Edwards is a five-time Olympian and the world's most decorated Olympic basketball player having earned four gold medals and one bronze. Edwards was also recently selectred Team USA's Chef de Mission for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. The retired guard who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame last August,collected a gold medal with the USA at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, Ind. and was the squad's second leading scorer (16.8 ppg.). Additionally, Edwards helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba and finished as the USA's leading scorer (18.0 ppg.).
"I'm really excited to be part of America's Fiesta again and looking forward to representing Team USA during the Opening Ceremony," Edwards said. "The people of Guadalajara are clearly determined to host a spectacular Games, and I can't wait for the competition to start."
Jason Read, an Olympic champion rower and decorated firefighter from Ringoes, N.J., has been selected as Team USA's flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony.
"I've been fortunate as an athlete to achieve a great deal, but this is something entirely different. To lead our team into the stadium, carrying the flag of the United States of America, is humbling, to say the least," said Read. "I'm thrilled by this honor and grateful to my teammates for selecting me."
A four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, Edwards first put on a USA Basketball uniform at the age of 17 at the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival and was a fixture on USA Basketball teams for nearly two decades. In addition to helping her USA teams to gold in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000, Edwards was on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that brought home the bronze medal. Through the years, Edwards has been a member of 22 different USA Basketball teams. Of a possible 18 medals, she has won 14 gold, one silver and three bronze medals, and USA Basketball teams with her on the roster have compiled an overall record of 205-14 for a 93.6 winning percentage.
A critical component in the USA’s remarkable 46 game win streak in major international competitions between 1983 and 1991, Edwards persevered through a string of disappointing bronze medal finishes at the 1991 Pan American Games, 1992 Olympics and 1994 World Championship to help return the U.S. to the gold medal platform at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Games in Sydney. Edwards in 1984 became the youngest Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist, and in Sydney she became the oldest player to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball.
Edwards was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011. She is a resident of Atlanta, Ga., and currently the head coach of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.
Edwards’ USA Basketball Career Highlights:
- Gold Medals: 2000, 1996, 1988 & 1984 Olympic Games; 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup; 1990 & 1986 World Championship; 1990 & 1986 Goodwill Games; 1987 Pan American Games; 1984 R. William Jones Cup; 1982 COPABA Junior Tournament; 1983, 1982, 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival.
- Silver Medals: 1997 World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
- Bronze Medals: 1994 World Championship, 1992 Olympics, 1991 Pan American Games.
- Named USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year a record four times (2000, 1996, 1990 and 1987).
- Voted by 1996 USA Olympic Team captains to take the Olympic Oath on behalf of all Olympic competitors at the 1996 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies.
- Earned 1994 All-World Championship honors.