August 23: Sheryl Swoopes, United States
It is no coincidence that the United States Women's National Team began a decade-long run of international dominance just when Houston Comets and Sheryl Swoopes joined the team.

In fact, Swoopes has never played an Olympic game in which her team has lost. And with only three games left to reach a third gold medal, she will do all she can to help the Americans reach that unrivaled pinnacle. In what has been a balanced team effort in the five preliminary games thus far, Swoopes is third on the U.S. team in scoring with 10 ppg. She also tallied four assists and five steals in Friday's 71-58 victory over Spain on Friday and three assists and four steals in a 80-57 win against the South Koreans last Wednesday.

Swoopes has also been one of the hottest shooters, connecting on 53.8% of her 3-pointers. And although she shows no signs of slowing down, this could be Swoopes' last run at a gold medal.

"This could be my last Olympics," Swoopes said. "I could possibly come back if it something (USA Basketball) wants me to do or I want to do but I think about that a lot. It means so much to me to be here and I am very proud to play for my country."

Swoopes goes for her third Olympic gold medal.
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