(JTA) – In their fifth Olympic appearance, Sue Bird and her teammate Diana Taurasi made history: they won their fifth gold medal, the only basketball players – men or women – to have achieved this feat.
Bird and Taurasi helped American women’s basketball win their seventh straight gold medal, beating Japan 90-75 on Sunday, the final day of the Tokyo Olympics.
Bird, which served as the flag bearer of the United States team at the opening ceremony and also holds Israeli citizenship in a basketball motivated decision, is one of the most decorated Jewish athletes of all time. In addition to the five Olympic gold medals, she played on four WNBA championship teams and was a 12-time WNBA star.
Bird, 40, became the oldest basketball player to win gold. She said in a post-game interview that these Olympics would be her last. (Taurasi, on the other hand, has said she looks forward to Paris 2024.)
“The best comparison is university since you know it’s the end”, Bird noted. “Now I still have a wonderful feeling and great taste in my mouth during my senior year. It’s like that with USA Basketball.
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Jewish basketball superstar Sue Bird wins 5th gold in 5 Olympic outings