COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four-time Olympic basketball gold medalist Lisa Leslie is among the list of athletes named to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, class of 2019, which will be honored and inducted at an awards dinner Friday, Nov. 1, at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The class of 2019 is comprised of nine individuals, one team, two legends, one coach and one special contributor, and together, represents 12 different sports.
Leslie in 2008 became the first consecutive four-time Olympic basketball gold medal winner in history after also claiming gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and is one of just four athletes with four Olympic basketball gold medals (Sue Bird, Teresa Edwards, Diana Taurasi). She owns the U.S. Olympic single game record for most points scored in a game (35), which ranks sixth among all nations women’s basketball Olympians since women’s basketball was introduced to the Olympic program in 1976.
Already a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, she owns the top three spots on the list of most points scored by a U.S. woman in a single competition, including 156 in 1996, 126 in 2000 and 125 in 2004. She also holds U.S. single competition records for points averaged (19.5 ppg.), most blocked shots (14) and averaged blocks (1.8 bpg.); is the all-time U.S. record-holder for points (488 in four Olympiads), rebounds (241) and blocked shots (37).
Further, among all-time world leaders, Leslie ranks fourth for scoring and 6th for single-game points.
Leslie’s historic USA Basketball career, which launched in 1989, includes a pair of FIBA World Cup gold medals, and she was the 2002 World Cup MVP.
Previously elected basketball members of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame include athletes Teresa Edwards and David Robinson, coach Henry Iba, and the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams