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1996 Olympic Women, Dawn Staley Named Finalists for 2022 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame

  • Date:
    May 2, 2022

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022, and the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team and Dawn Staley are among the finalists in the team and individual category, respectively.

Staley, who last summer coached the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team to gold in Tokyo, was a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams that claimed gold from 1996-2004, and earned a combined 24-0 record. Staley’s name is etched in the U.S. Olympic record book, tied for first for highest free throw percentage in a competition (12-12 FTs, 2000), and among all-tie records across multiple competitions, she is third for assists (80), tied for sixth all-time for most games played (24), eighth for free throw percentage (88.6%, 39-44 FTs) and ninth for steals (28).

Rolling to an 8-0 Olympic mark, the ’96 USA squad, which began training on October 2, 1995, compiled a 52-0 record during its pre-Olympic competition to finish with a 60-0 record. More popular than any previous women's basketball team, the USA drew a record 202,556 fans during the Olympics for an average of 25,320 a game.

In besting all comers en route to gold, the USA outscored and outrebounded its eight opponents by averages of 28.6 points and 15.1 rebounds a game. Of the 12 team members, five have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, including Teresa Edwards, Lisa Leslie, Katrina McClain, Staley and Sheryl Swoopes, as well as USA head coach Tara VanDerveer.

Edwards and Leslie already are members of the USOPC Hall of Fame, inducted as individuals.

The entire 1996 team was honored as the the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2016 Trailblazer of the Game; and individual Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees include Jennifer Azzi, USA assistant coach Ceal Barry, Ruthie Bolton, Edwards, Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, McClain, Nikki McCray, Staley, Swoopes and VanDerveer.

In all, the USOPC Hall of Fame finalists include 15 Olympians, nine Paralympians, three Olympic teams, two Paralympic teams, six legends, three coaches and three special contributors. USA Basketball fans can cast their vote once per day HERE for the Olympian, Paralympian, Olympic team and Paralympic team categories from today through May 16 to help determine the Class of 2022. 

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame finalists for 2022 include: 

Olympic

Kristin Armstrong, Cycling; Natalie Coughlin, Swimming; Shani Davis, Speedskating; Cammi Granato, Hockey; Mia Hamm, Soccer; Kayla Harrison, Judo; Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating; Eleanor ‘Elle’ Logan, Rowing; Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skiing; Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing; Michael Phelps, Swimming; John Smith, Wrestling; Dawn Staley, Basketball; Brenda Villa, Water Polo; Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing. 

Olympic Team

1976 Women’s Swimming 4x100 Freestyle Relay Team; 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team; 2010 Four-Man Bobsled Team. 

Paralympic

Steve Cash, Sled Hockey; Muffy Davis, Para Alpine Skiing, Para-cycling; Susan Hagel, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Archery, Para Track and Field; Trischa Zorn-Hudson, Para Swimming; David Kiley, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Track and Field, Para Alpine Skiing; Marla Runyan, Para Track and Field, Olympic Track and Field; Marlon Shirley, Para Track and Field; Andy Soule, Para Nordic Skiing; Cortney (Jordan) Truitt, Para Swimming. 

Paralympic Team

2002 U.S. Sled Hockey Team; 2008 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team. 

Legend

Billy Fiske, Bobsled; Gretchen Fraser, Alpine Skiing; Roger Kingdom, Track and Field; Darrell Pace, Archery; Brad Parks, Wheelchair Tennis; Norbert ‘Norb’ Schemansky, Weightlifting.  

Coach

Bob Beattie, Alpine Skiing; James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, Swimming; Pat Summit, Basketball.  

Special Contributor

Walter Bush; Billie Jean King; David Wallechinsky. 

The finalists will be narrowed down to five Olympians, three Paralympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympic team for induction into the class of 2022. In addition to the public vote, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family will also vote on the categories of legend, coach and special contributor. The Olympic and Paralympic family consists of the Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies, High Performance Management Organizations, USOPC board of directors, Paralympic Advisory Council members, and select members of the media. 

 


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