WATCH: USA’s Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Share a Heartwarming Moment After USA’s Gold Medal Victory Against Japan at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/08/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Women – Gold medal match – United States v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 8, 2021. United States soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird of the United States celebrate after the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez


The USA’s Women’s Basketball Team has made history today as they secured their seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal. Ever since 1996, Team USA has dominated the women’s category of basketball in the Olympics. They did not just win the gold medal in their sport. Theirs, along with the women’s volleyball team’s gold medal, ensured that the United States also finish above China and was first in the medal tally.

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Megan Rapinoe congratulates Sue Bird

Moreover, this historic victory, of course, called for celebration from all the players. Sue Bird, who is a starter for the United States Basketball Team, was overwhelmed with joy as she ran to the side court to share the victorious moment with her fiancée. Megan Rapinoe, Bird’s fiancée, was present in the audience to cheer for her partner and country. Earlier, she also contributed to the medal tally for the US as the USWNT secured the bronze medal in football.

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In this process, Sue Bird has also completed a personal best accomplishment along with her teammate, Diana Taurasi. They are the only two basketball players who have five gold medals. This is more than Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant who both lead the men’s tally for gold medals in the Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Women – Medal Ceremony – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 8, 2021. Diana Taurasi of the United States and Sue Bird of the United States pose with their gold medals during the medal ceremony REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Prior to the end of the game, Rapinoe was interviewed by NBC’s broadcasting team, where she couldn’t stop praising her fiancée. Rapinoe referred to her fiancée as inspiring. She said that Bird is “Everything you want in someone you look up to.”

About the Gold Medal Game

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Team USA dominated Japan’s defense from the very beginning. They began aggressively and went 4-0 up in the first two minutes. From that point, they never looked back. Following this, they consistently maintained their offense and outscored Japan in 3 out of the 4 quarters. In this process, Brittney Griner scored 30 points by downright destroying Japan’s interior defense. 28 of her 30 points came from field goals inside the paint while 2 came from free throws. Without shooting a single 3, Griner dominated the points tally and made a new national record for scoring in a gold medal-winning match in the Olympics.

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Bird and Taurasi are the veterans of the team who have shown the value of their experience on the court. Both finished the game with a positive +/- score showing extreme efficiency on the court. However, Griner has always shown the world that she is special after being the only player still in college after her first Olympic selection in 2012. Now Griner’s skill along with Bird and Taurasi’s experience is a deadly combination for any team to face. Therefore, by the end of the game, Team USA looked like they cruised to victory.

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