It’s not easy for Tamika Catchings, not easy sitting on the bench and watching the next generation of WNBA stars and Olympians grab all the minutes, the shots and the glory. She looks now at the team’s young guns – and there are plenty of them – and she sees herself 12 years ago, in Athens in 2004, even eight years ago in Beijing and four years ago in London.
Now, at age 37, the elder statesman on the team, she mostly practices hard and sits during games. In fact, Catchings has played the fewest minutes of any Team USA player, just 67 minutes in six Olympic games. She’s averaging 4.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game in 11.2 minutes.
Angel McCoughtry’s first business will open soon. It’s an ice-cream shop in downtown Atlanta, less than a mile from Philips Arena, home of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. Before long, fans of McCoughtry’s team may be customers at McCoughtry’s Ice Cream. That’s the hope, at least.
This dairy dream of hers has been churning for years now. During basketball season years ago in Istanbul — when McCoughtry still played in Istanbul — there was basketball and … not much else, really. She’d eat ice cream, and think about the future. Her sweet tooth led to notions of entrepreneurship and then to a commercial Realtor and then to a menu of homemade, vegan and lactose-free offerings.
She invested in what she loved. This choice was simple.
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Every summer they came, injured or tired it didn’t matter, the country called and they came.
They were teammates and role models, confidantes and inspirations and when it was all over, the three two-time Olympians wept.
There will be no more Olympics for Canadian basketball stalwarts Kim Gaucher, Lizanne Murphy and Shona Thorburn but they have had an illustrious run that stopped with a jarring loss to France in the Rio Games quarter-finals late Tuesday night.
Canberra Capitals coach Paul Goriss says a solution must be found to stop Australia’s best young basketballers ignoring the WNBL to play in the US if the Australian Opals are to rebound from their Rio heartbreak.
*Look away, Mr. Louisville fan!*
A girl wanders into a Houston gym on a school field trip, a worker loves her spark, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals.
A girl jumps into a suburban Washington, D.C., swimming pool to make friends, a coach notices her stroke, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals.
With five days remaining in the Rio Olympics, the final verdict is in and the winners are the U.S. women.
Not. So. Fast.
Christian Science Monitor: Media coverage of female Olympians is typical, but viewers’ responses are not
Amid a series of high-profile media gaffes deemed misogynistic by many, coverage of female Olympians in Rio de Janeiro this year may be best summed up in Dickensian terms. As Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of American Studies at Purdue University in Indiana, puts it: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
On the one hand, female Olympians are receiving more media coverage than in years past. That could be in part because a record number of female Olympians are competing in Rio. On the other hand, critics say, that coverage often relies on stereotypes by focusing on appearance, using infantilizing language, and referring to female athletes in terms of their roles as mothers, wives, or girlfriends.
Aaron Hutchins: Sexism running rampant at Rio 2016
Andy Murray isn’t a tennis historian, nor is he responsible for fact-checking journalists. He’s a tennis player—and a great one at that—but to his credit, he’s also aware when he hasn’t made history.
In an interview after Murray won gold in the men’s singles tournament in Rio, the BBC’s John Inverdale told him: “You’re the first person to ever win two Olympic gold tennis medals. That’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it?” To which Murray replied: “I think Venus and Serena [Williams] have won about four each.”
Murray didn’t directly call out the BBC presenter for overlooking the existence of women’s tennis, but he may as well have. While his response was widely applauded, it is but a lone bright spot in an Olympics where underlying sexism continues to reach the podium.
It’s the sporting event we’ve been waiting for. Rio 2016 is in full swing and Team GB is dominating in second position on the medal table.
But, while Team GB’s successes are swelling the nation’s heart with pride; there’s one thing that is certainly not cause for celebration: the sexist Olympics coverage.
WNBA: ‘Around the Rim’ podcast: Taking a break
On this week’s “Around The Rim,” women’s basketball analyst LaChina Robinson talks with a couple guests on what they are doing when the rest of the world is focused on the Olympics.
In the first half, Robinson is joined by Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd, who talks about her improved season, her choice to leave college early to go pro, playing for Team USA Select and how she’s been keeping herself busy and motivated over the break.
In the second half, Robinson then speaks with the first ever WNBA front office personnel to join “Around the Rim,” Fever GM and president Kelly Krauskopf.
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin: Shock, sadness accompany Connecticut Sun GM Chris Sienko’s departure
“I was shocked because he has become such a constant here in Connecticut,” Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike said. “He’s brought so much to the game of women’s basketball, especially here in the Northeast, and I was like, ‘No, that’s my guy. He believes in me and he always has and he believes in all of us.”
First-year head coach Curt Miller had a different emotion.
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