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She's one of the most decorated players on Team USA this year and she's heralded as "the best point guard in the world" by the team's coach Geno Auriemma. The Seattle Storm point guard will be front and center for Team USA carrying the team both on the court with her unselfish ability to bring out the best in hear teammates and off the court as a mentor to some of the team's newcomers. The 31-year-old is one of the only WNBA athletes that can boast having two NCAA championships, two WNBA championships and two Olympic gold medals. And given how Team USA has fared against other countries in exhibition play, she's on pace to leading Team USA to her third gold medal and the Team's fifth consecutive one.
She's been a Team USA veteran since 2002 and shouldn't have any problem leading her team again this year. Auriemma coached Bird to two NCAA championships at UConn so she's more than familiar with his coaching style. It also helps that five other Team USA players this year were coached by Auriemma at UConn, too.
Bird took a brief departure from Team USA last week to be with her family when her stepfather died. She's said its an emotional time for her right now but takes solace and comfort to be with her fellow Team USA members. In her return, Bird put up eight points, five assists and four rebounds off the bench against Croatia and six assists and two points in 26 minutes against Turkey.