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Sue Bird

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Only 25 years old, Sue Bird has already accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime: two NCAA championships, a World championship, and two First-Team All-WNBA seasons, a WNBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. Sue Bird is 1 of 5 women to win a Gold Medal, an NCAA championship, and a WNBA Championship.

Sue Bird gained renown as the point guard for the women's basketball team at UCONN from 1998 to 2002, where she led "the Lady Huskies" to the 2000 and 2002 NCAA titles. At the conclusion of her college career, she was named the 2002 Naismith Player of the Year and 2002 Wade Trophy recipient, and was named 2002 Player of the Year by the Associated Press (A.P.) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Also in 2002, Bird was awarded the ESPY as the top Female College Athlete of the Year.

Selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird helped her team to its best record and first playoff berth in franchise history. In her second season in the league, Bird again helped Seattle up its victory record. In the 2004 WNBA playoffs, Sue Bird averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 assists and overcame a broken nose in the conference finals series to help the Storm win their first ever WNBA Championship. A two-time All-Star and two-time All-WNBA first team selection, Bird was the second leading vote getter for the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year honor.

In the 2003-2004 offseason, Bird was named to the United States 2004 Women's Olympic Basketball Team. She was the youngest player on the core roster of nine players. The team went on to win the Gold medal. She spent part of the off-season helping to coach a team comprised of eighth-graders in a Bay Area youth league.

A fan favorite from coast to coast, Bird was voted by Seattle sports fans to replace SuperSonics guard Gary Payton's billboard at the entrance of Seattle's Nike Town. She beat out Sonics guard and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen, the runner-up, Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm and Marion Jones.

Born on October 16, 1980, in Syosset, New York, Bird attended Christ The King H.S. (N.Y.), where she was the MVP of the 1998 New York state tournament, and also led her squad to a 27-0 record and the USA Today national championship. She was named 1998 Parade Magazine All-America first team, USA Today All-USA second team and Street & Smith's All-America third team. A multi-sport athlete and National Honor Society member in high school, Bird earned varsity letters twice in soccer and once in track.

Bird graduated from UCONN with a degree in communication science.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from December 1, 2005.