Monday, February 13, 2012
Brittney Griner Named As 2012 USA Olympic Team Finalist
Was happy to hear that when the 21 finalists were announced by USA Basketball for the 2012 USA Women's Olympic basketball squad that will attempt to fivepeat in London, she will be one of them.
The finalists for the 2012 Women's Olympic squad in addition to Brittney Griner (Baylor University) are:
Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), , Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker(Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars).
Bad news for the rest of you basketball playing nations on the rest of the planet. Ten of the women on this finalist list were on the number one ranked 2010 FIBA Women's World championship squad.
And yes, do have to point out the USA women have won six out of the last eight Olympic women's gold medals with the last four coming at Australia's expense.
But back to bragging about my hometown hoopster.
Brittney will attempt to become the first collegiate player to make a USA Olympic women's basketball team since Vicky Bullett and Bridgette Gordon both did so and played on the 1988 squad that won a repeat gold medal in Seoul.
Good luck to Brittney and the rest of the women who have a shot of making our 2012 Olympic team.