Image courtesy: Official Site of Sue Bird
If you’ve never heard of Sue Bird, then you don’t follow sports. In which case, I’m revoking your Man Card, and please get off my site. (It’s ridiculous that I even have to say this, but kidding. So, so kidding). But, in case you need a refresher course on why Bird gives new meaning to the phrase “Ball so hard,” here’s why:
She’s a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner with USA Basketball (Athens and Beijing), won two WNBA Championships with the Seattle Storm (first overall draft pick), won two National Championships at UConn (while leading their team to a record of 114 – 4), has racked up a Naismith Award, Wade Trophy and three Nancy Lieberman awards as the top point guard in the nation, and was voted by fans one of the Top 15 Players in WNBA history.
And all before her 30th birthday, no less.
Though Bird has been playing professionally for Spartak Moscow recently, these days she’s gearing up for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Feel like an underachiever yet? Yeah, me too.
Despite her basketball prowess being public knowledge, what you might not know about Bird is that she is, simply put, just a down-ass chick. Want proof? Ask and ye shall receive.
What has been your single best sports moment thus far? I’ve been lucky enough to have many sports moments throughout my career and I’m really not lying when I say its impossible to pick one. But if you absolutely forced me, I’d have to say it was standing on the podium and hearing the national anthem after winning my first gold medal in Athens. That was about as moving a “moment” as I’ve ever had.
If you could win an Olympic Gold Medal in anything other than basketball, what would it be, and what would your family/friends say you should medal in? I’ve been involved in sports my whole life, and since soccer was my second love, I’m pretty sure my friends and family would pick that. I personally think I make a killer Mojito and if it were to ever be an event I’d have a stronghold
What’s one thing that you would change about your life if you could? This is one of those “gift & curse” situations for me. I would love to be able to live in one city at one time for longer than 4-5 months. The way my life is right now that never happens, but at the same time I’m not sure I would really want it to change. Traveling can be brutal at times but I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
Finish this sentence: “The thing I geek out over most is…“ Gadgets. All kinds of electronic devices grab my attention and I always try to stay on top of the new thing.
And finally, what’s one thing about you that most people don’t know? One thing about me people don’t know?? Hmmm, this is a tough one. I guess one thing people THINK they know about me is that I’m super innocent, but I’m not so sure that’s always the case
And there you have it. Sue Bird: techie, amateur bartender, all-around badass…and lover of emoticons. Men of the world, may you aspire to find a woman of her caliber. If not in the athletic sense (hey, they can’t all be Hall of Fame-worthy point guards), then at least in disposition. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bad word said about Bird by anyone who’s met her.
And you won’t find one here, either.