Olympics

Sue Bird on Team USA: "I still think that there’s another level that we can get to"

Olympics

As she looks to capture her fifth Olympic gold medal, Seattle Storm point guard and WNBA legend Sue Bird is calm and collected.

Some things never change.

Bird, 40, discussed Team USA’s mentality following their dominating performance over Serbia in the semifinals where Bird and the United States cruised by Serbia, 79-59.

“I think since we’ve entered the knockout rounds, we’ve come to each game with a little more focus, so you’re seeing the results and most of it’s starting on the defensive end and we’re just caring that over with us on the offensive end,” Bird said postgame.

Japan is now the only thing separating the United States women’s basketball team and a seventh consecutive gold medal.

But as Bird has become the veteran leader along with her former UConn teammate Diana Taurasi, Bird believes this squad still has more to give.

As usual with USA basketball, when we come together… we try to get on a path where we’re just getting better and better every day along the journey. So I still think that there’s another level that we can get to and I hope that’s what happens in two days.

Sue Bird

The Americans have now won 54 consecutive Olympic games.

 

A win on Saturday would mean Bird and Taurasi would become the first Olympic basketball players to win five gold medals.

The gold medal game between the U.S. and Japan tips off Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT.