Taking The World By Storm - Sue Bird
On playing against Lauren Jackson:
"We joke about it. She recently dyed her hair blonde, but she kind of messed it up so it has a gold tint. So she's saying, gold for Australia. But if we do play them, I know all her secrets." (8/8, Newsday)
"This is the one time that we are going to get to put on that jersey that says USA and there are going to be troops in Iraq cheering for us. That's kind of, I don't know how to describe it. Cool in a way. If people in Iraq can watch the Olympics and it takes them away from what they are doing for an hour, hour and a half, I'm all for that." (8/8, Newsday)
On what she's looking forward to:
"Other than them putting the medal around my neck? Probably the opening ceremonies. Iíve always heard how much fun that is and Iíve always watched in on TV. Iím looking forward to that." (8/1)
"I couldn't be more thrilled. I'm looking forward to it so much. It seems so close and yet, sometimes, I think it's so far away, but now it's like a week and a half. But yeah, I'm very excited, I can't wait to get over there and the whole thing. I don't know what to expect. So I'm looking forward to it." (8/1)
"Sunday, I'm going to be focused on the Storm. And then Monday, Lauren is my new enemy." (8/1, The News Tribune)
"Iíve only watched the Olympics on television, so to actually experience it all first-hand is going to be pretty incredible. I am looking forward to the Opening ceremonies and the whole experience. I know that the team had stayed in the Olympic village in the past and we have some sort of alternate housing set up. Hopefully weíll get to be there a couple of nights. I want to get to see some other events, if possible. know some of the girls on the soccer team, so hopefully Iíll be able to watch them play. Iím just going to try and take it all in - enjoy the entire experience." (WNBA.com)
"It is going to be fun playing against (Lauren). If anything, hopefully I can come visit her in the Olympic village, check out what's going on over there and hang out with the Australians since I feel like I am one already at this point with all the Australians on our team. But Lauren is a great player. She is the 'it' girl for her team and I'm actually glad that I do not have to guard her. She's too tough." (WNBA.com)
"I'd give up everything, a zillion dollars, to play in the Olympics. When I was a little girl, there was no WNBA. The coolest thing for me was the Olympics. It was the ultimate." (4/27, Seattle Times)
"The Olympics are going to be very, very competitive.
"Russia and Australia will be very good. Right now, we are with our WNBA teams while Sandy Brondello is practicing all summer with her Australian team. The Aussies are getting ready. The Russians are getting ready.
"It's not going to be easy." (4/27, Seattle Times)
On being selected to the USA Basketball Senior Women's National Team:
"I am so excited about this, it's a huge honor. It will mean so much to be in the Olympics and hopefully to win a gold medal." (2/5) "I called my mom, I called my dad, I called my sister, I called my friends." (2/6, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)