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2000 U.S. Olympic Women

Facts & Photos: 2000 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 1, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were to be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Summer Games to 2021. USA Basketball is celebrating the original dates of the 2020 Olympics with a look back at past U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s basketball teams through photos and fun facts. Be sure to check in daily for Olympic memories galore!

On this day in USA Basketball Olympic History: Aug. 1

The 2000 gold medal win over Australia capped an incredible, 20-year career for Teresa Edwards, who won her fourth Olympic gold medal (1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000) and fifth medal overall (bronze in 1992).

 Teresa Edwards

This USA’s 76-54 gold medal win over Australia in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney was part of a fierce rivalry between the U.S. and Australian women. The USA had topped Australia in the 1996 semifinals, and then went on to also beat Australia in the 2004 and 2008 gold medal games and the 2012 semifinals.

 2000 U.S. Olympic Women

Katie Smith launched her Olympic career in 2000 and then also won Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008

Katie Smith

2000 Olympic gold medalist Natalie Williams, who also helped the USA claim FIBA World Cup titles in 1998 and 2002, was a four-year UCLA letter-winner in both basketball and volleyball, and is the first woman to earn All-America honors in both basketball and volleyball in the same year. She came to USA Basketball after making it to the final cut for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team.

Natalie Williams 

  Prior to the 2000 Olympics, the USA men and women played a double-header in Melbourne against Australia’s national teams, and the U.S. women’s soccer team, which was training in Melbourne, came to watch and support the basketball teams. Overall, the 1999-2000 USA Women’s National Team compiled a 38-2 exhibition record.

Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes

Just one day before the USA’s first game, the results of an MRI on Chamique Holdsclaw’s right foot revealed a stress fracture. With Holdsclaw sidelined, the USA went on to win eight-straight games with 11 available players.

 Chamique Holdsclaw, Mia Hamm
Chamique Holdsclaw (right) with 2000 U.S. soccer silver medalist Mia Hamm.

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