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Facts & Photos: 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 5, 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. 5

The 2008 Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China, where eight is believed to be a lucky number. The start of the Olympics was Aug. 8, 2008 (08-08-08), and the USA women compiled an 8-0 record in winning gold.

2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team became the first women’s traditional team sport to claim four straight Olympic gold medals. (The U.S. women upped that record with five-straight golds in 2012 and six-straight in 2016.)

2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

Prior to its first game of the Olympics on Aug. 9, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Basketball Team had just nine days of practice together as a full 12-member unit.

2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

  The USA defeated Australia 92-65 in the 2008 gold medal contest, marking the third-straight time the two women’s basketball powers had met in the Olympic final.

2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

  Lisa Leslie became USA Basketball’s first athlete, male or female, to win four-straight Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008).  

Lisa Leslie 

Anne Donovan concluded her 31-year career as a USA Basketball athlete and coach, and she became the second person to be a member and coach of a U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team. Donovan, who began her USA Basketball run as an athlete on the USA’s 1977 R. Williams Jones Cup Team, won gold as an athlete at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was a member of the 1980 Olympic team that did not compete, and she went on to help the USA to Olympic gold as an assistant in 2004 and the head coach in 2008.

Anne Donovan

Katie Smith, the first WNBA player to win All-Star games as a member of both Eastern and Western Conference teams and the only player to earn both ABL and WNBA titles, earned her third and final Olympic gold medal in 2008.

 Katie Smith

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