Taking The World By Storm - Anne Donovan

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Donovan was a part of three U.S. Women's Olympic Teams as a player, helping lead the U.S. team to gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul. She was also a member of the team in 1980, when the USA boycotted the Olympics. Donovan has served as a coach for the USA Women's Team three times, including as an assistant to this year's Head Coach, Van Chancellor, in the 2002 World Championships. In 11 career Olympics games, Donovan averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds.


  • Aug. 28 - Donovan and the U.S. were golden Saturday, pulling away from Australia in the fourth quarter for a 74-63 win and a third straight gold medal. The Aussies made things interesting in the third quarter, but reserve Shannon Johnson helped spark a fourth-quarter run as the U.S. women clamped down on defense. Coaches do not get medals in the Olympics, but Donovan was a part of her third gold-medal-winning team.

  • Aug. 27 - The U.S. got a scare, but advanced through to the gold-medal game with a 66-62 victory over Russia. The U.S. women led by just two points with three minutes to play, but Sheryl Swoopes came up with two key buckets to hold the Russians at bay.

  • Aug. 25 - Opening single-elimination play, the U.S. women were barely threatened in cruising by host Greece, 102-72. The U.S. led from start to finish and by at least double-digits most of the last three quarters.

  • Aug. 22 - The U.S. women closed out group play with a 100-62 blowout against China. The U.S. will next face Greece in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

  • Aug. 20 - Facing their toughest test yet, the U.S. women passed, relying on their powerful front line to pull away from previously undefeated Spain for a 71-58 win. The victory clinched first place in Group B for the Americans.

  • Aug. 18 - Another slow start, another blowout for the U.S. women, who trailed after one quarter but opened up a 29-point lead by the end of three quarters complete en route to an 80-57 win.

  • Aug. 16 - The U.S. started slowly again and trailed well into the second quarter against the Czech Republic, but the U.S. women used their trademark combination of stifling defense and dominance on the boards to slowly pull away for an 80-61 triumph that moved them to 2-0 in the Olympics.

  • Aug. 14 - Donovan's U.S. team got off to a quick start in Olympics play Saturday, easily defeating New Zealand 99-47.

  • Aug. 9 - Donovan helped lead the U.S. women to a 77-61 defeat of Spain. With the win over the host, the U.S. won the Spanish Invitational Tournament.

  • Aug. 8 - With Donovan on the sidelines, the U.S. played smothering defense that held the French to 27.5% shooting and shook off a slow start to easily defeat France, 68-38.

  • Aug. 6 - Donovan and the U.S. team traveled to Spain for a pre-Olympics warm-up tournament.

  • Aug. 5 - In the WNBA's unorthodox All-Star Game, USA Basketball vs. WNBA: The Game at Radio City, it was all U.S. women, as they picked up a 74-58 victory.


  • Aug. 18 - Donovan Checks In From Athens
  • Aug. 9 - Donovan's Olympics Legacy Continues From the Sidelines


  • Aug. 13 - U.S. will slip into Games with quiet, orderly entrance, Seattle Times
  • Aug. 13 - U.S. team marching orders: Be nice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Aug. 11 - Storm trio fired up for Athens, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Aug. 10 - Transition from teammates to rivals an easy game for Storm, Seattle Times
  • Aug. 2 - WNBA makes patriotic choice, Seattle Times
  • Aug. 1 - Teammates to enemies, The News Tribune
  • May 26 - NBA players should show patriotism, go to Games, Seattle Times
  • May 20 - WNBA depending upon success in Athens, Seattle Times
  • Apr. 27 - Storm pleased to take a timeout for Olympics, Seattle Times


    "Premier memory, for sure, is on the medal stand after the '88 Olympics. It was my last Olympics, and I knew it. I was co-captain of that team, I had gone from being a starter to being deep on the bench and then, in the gold-medal game, having an opportunity to make an impact on that game. Standing up on the platform - I had family there in Korea - and that was it, and I had finally accomplished it.

    "I'm sorry to babble here, but in '84 they (Russia) boycotted our Olympics. In '80, we boycotted, '84, they boycotted, so '88 was the first time in all those years that we actually had a real gold medal. So it was very emotional." (8/1)

    "For me, it's still the ultimate as an athlete. And I would never pass on it." (5/26, Seattle Times)