Edwards Named 2012 US Olympic Team Chef de Mission

(News Release via USA Basketball)

Five-time Olympian and the most decorated Olympic basketball player on the planet with four gold medals and one bronze, Teresa Edwards has been selected to serve as Chef de Mission of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.

“I’m honored to be appointed U.S. Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games,” said Edwards, who stood in front of the world and celebrated her 32nd birthday by taking the Athlete’s Oath during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. “I’ve been lucky enough to be associated with the Olympic Movement for more than 30 years. To be able to give back in this fashion is incredibly humbling, and I’m excited to share whatever wisdom I have with the amazing men and women that will make up Team USA at the London Games.”

Selected by the USOC board of directors, Edwards will provide overall leadership to the USA team and function as the liaison officer between the London Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee and other National Olympic Committees at the Games.

“As a five-time Olympian, Teresa understands the needs of our athletes at the highest level of competition,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “She’s an American hero, and I’m grateful she has agreed to serve in this important role.”

“It’s an honor to have someone from the basketball family representing the United States in this most prestigious position,” said USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO Jim Tooley. “Teresa is a true Olympian and will serve the U.S. Olympic Committee and its athletes very well in this role. She is one of the most respected athletes in international basketball history, having represented our sport in five Olympics, winning gold in four of them.”

Four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Edwards first put on a USA Basketball uniform at the age of 17 at the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival and was a fixture on USA Basketball teams for nearly two decades. In addition to helping her USA teams to gold in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000, Edwards was on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that brought home the bronze medal. Through the years, Edwards has been a member of 22 different USA Basketball teams. Of a possible 18 medals, she has won 14 gold, one silver and three bronze medals, and USA Basketball teams with her on the roster have compiled an overall record of 205-14 for a 93.6 winning percentage.

A critical component in the USA’s remarkable 46 game win streak in major international competitions between 1983 and 1991, Edwards persevered through a string of disappointing bronze medal finishes at the 1991 Pan American Games, 1992 Olympics and 1994 World Championship to help return the U.S. to the gold medal platform at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Games in Sydney. Edwards in 1984 became the youngest Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist and in Sydney she became the oldest player to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball.

Edwards was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and this August will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. She is a resident of Atlanta, Ga., and currently an assistant coach and director of player personnel with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.

Edwards’ USA Basketball Career Highlights:

Gold Medals: 2000, 1996, 1988 & 1984 Olympic Games; 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup; 1990 & 1986 World Championship; 1990 & 1986 Goodwill Games; 1987 Pan American Games; 1984 R. William Jones Cup; 1982 COPABA Junior Tournament; 1983, 1982, 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Silver Medals: 1997 World Championship Qualifying Tournament.

Bronze Medals: 1994 World Championship, 1992 Olympics, 1991 Pan American Games.

Named USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year a record four times (2000, 1996, 1990 and 1987).

Voted by 1996 USA Olympic Team captains to take the Olympic Oath on behalf of all Olympic competitors at the 1996 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies.

Earned 1994 All-World Championship honors.

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