New York Olympians In London 2012 Summer Games: Women’s Basketball


It’s no question that both of today’s featured New York Olympians got game. Heralded in the height of their high school careers as ones-to-watch, these two ladies have earned some of the highest honors in women’s basketball. While one is a two-time gold medal Olympian already, the other, who was the number one overall draft pick for the WNBA in 2010, is making her own break for gold medal victory by dominating in the summer games.

Name: Sue Bird

Age: 31

Olympic Event: Basketball

Hometown: Syosset, NY

Already dubbed a “legendary point guard in women’s basketball” Bird has had major victories under her belt since high school when she won two New York State titles. From there the the UConn grad went on to be the first ever number one draft pick in the WNBA and won two WNBA championships with her team the Seattle Storm.This two-time gold medal Olympian suffered a family tragedy just two weeks before the start of the summer games when she learned her step-father had died. Bird quickly left training to be with her family in Syosset, NY and many wondered if she would make it to London for the Olympics. But a week later she flew out to Istanbul, at the urging of her family,to meet the rest of her team and is even penning an Olympic travel diary for the Seattle Times.

Name: Tina Charles

Age: 23

Olympic Event: Basketball

Hometown: Jamaica, NY

Tina Charles, much like her teammate Sue Bird, has been the one to watch in basketball since she began her career in high school. As the lead scorer on the Christ the King basketball team, she pushed her team to 57 consecutive wins in an undefeated season, and earned a number one ranking by USA Today in the same year. In 2009 she was named USA Basketball Female of the Year, and was the number one overall draft pick in the WNBA the following year. Charles is living up to the accolades while in London as she and her teammate, Angel McCoughtry, led Team USA to victory over Turkey last week.

Check back tomorrow when we get to know two New York Olympian swimmers.