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Women's Olympic Basketball
Mon May 14, 2012
U.S. Olympic Women Train In Seattle; Beat China 100-62
The U.S. women's basketball team dominated China in an exhibition game played in Seattle Saturday. Final score: 100 to 62. The prelude to an upcoming Summer Olympics showdown coincided with the U.S. squad's first team training camp. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on why that's in Seattle.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic team is composed entirely of players drawn from the women's professional league, the WNBA. Among those stars is veteran Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird. This will be Sue Bird's third trip to the Summer Olympics.
"Growing up there was no WNBA, so for me it was always to get to the Olympics. That was the highest level and that's where I wanted to be. This has been my dream, my goal, since day one, so it never gets old," says Bird.
The U.S. players won't practice together much before competition starts in London in late July. So Sue Bird says it's a good thing many of her teammates know each other from playing together in college.
"You just kind of go with the flow. You don't think about what days you don't have or what time you don't have. You just think about the time you do have and you want to make the most of it," says Bird.
So why did the U.S. Olympic team decide to hold its first 2012 training camp in Seattle? A couple of major reasons. The Chinese and Japanese Olympic teams were willing to come to the West Coast for practice games. Also, U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma says fan support in Seattle figures in.
"It was, 'let's find the place that wants us. Let's find a place that would really embrace us and they support women's basketball. And let's go there and spend three days,'" says Auriemma.
In London, the U.S. women's basketball team is shooting for its fifth straight Olympic gold medal.
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