Swin Cash's Olympic basketball career has come full circle.
She was part of the U.S. women's team that won a gold medal in Athens and the 32-year-old thought she'd be on the way to at least two more gold medals. Those dreams were derailed by back surgery in 2008 that forced her to miss the Beijing Games.
Cash thought about quitting, but didn't want her Olympic dreams or her career to end on a sour note.
It's been a rough road recently, both for guard Epiphanny Prince and the Chicago Sky, as Prince's broken foot forces her to sit on the sidelines while her team struggles. As she prepares to return, however, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look at her journey back to health.
Swin Cash, U.S. A five-time WNBA All-Star, this 6 ft., 1 in. forward for the Chicago Sky played on the U.S. women's basketball team that won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, but sat out of Beijing four years later due to injury.
In the case of the U.S. Olympic womens basketball team, winning isnt the only thing. How these women play the game will have a large say in how this team of otherworldly talent is viewed historically.
A little over a week ago, on July 18, the U.S. womens basketball team played Great Britain in a pre-Olympic warm-up game. Fortunately for womens basketball fans, it was televised on ESPN2. Normally, thats a cause for celebration since that type of national coverage for the sport is few and far between.
The U.S. squad is a who's who of the sport, including WNBA All-Stars Seimone Augustus, Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, Angel McCoughtry, Candace Parker, Lindsay Whalen and six of coach Geno Auriemma's former UConn players (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Moore and Diana Taurasi).
Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles begin their second straight Olympic Games appearance when the heavily favored U.S. team meets Croatia on Saturday in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena. The game tips off at 10:45 p.m. CDT.
The Chicago Sky will honor St. Francis girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec for her outstanding commitment as a leader of young women at its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX during its August 17th game.
Swin Cash shoots during practice with the US women's basketball Olympic team Friday, May 11, 2012, in Seattle. The national team began the three-day camp Friday, which will include an exhibition game against the Chinese national team Saturday and a scrimmage against Japan Sunday.
A decade after her college career and eight years after her first Olympic performance, Cash, a 6-foot-2 forward from McKeesport, will compete at the 2012 London Games. Cash, who played for the Huskies from 1998-2002, is one of six former UConn players on the U.S. roster.
Diana Taurasi and her U.S. womens basketball teammates are used to crazy travel schedules playing in the WNBA and overseas. So their pre-Olympic training trip that has the Americans traveling a quarter of the way around the world is nothing new to the players.
It's been a rough road recently, both for guard Epiphanny Prince and the Chicago Sky, as Prince's broken foot forces her to sit on the sidelines while her team struggles. As she gets ready to return, though, Prince lets RedEye in on the ins and outs of her journey back to health.
It was the first Chicago Sky Elite Camp as the team has held several one-day clinics in the past. The event drew 30 boys and girls between the ages 7 and 17 to Guerins Holy Cross Gym where they learned many new drills that came straight from Sky head coach Pokey Chapmans own repertoire.
The Connecticut Sun wrapped up the first half of their 2012 season in fine fashion with an 80-78 overtime victory over the Chicago Sky before 5,988 fans at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. on Friday night.
Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Tina Charles have dominated the WNBA in the first half of the season, all putting up MVP numbers. Each brings a unique skill set that makes them difficult to guard individually. Together they become a matchup nightmare.
In her 15th WNBA season, Ticha Penicheiro finds herself in a role shes not accustomed to. Like Jason Kidd accepting a reserve role with the New York Knicks to mentor Jeremy Lin, Penicheiro has been asked to groom Chicago Sky youngsters Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince.
The Indiana Fever failed to get their long homestand off to a strong start. Their second meeting in less than two weeks with the Chicago Sky would seem to be a good way for them to get things going in the right direction.
The Fever beat the Chicago Sky 88-86 in overtime to bounce back from a loss on Thursday.
They wanted to beat us very badly, Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. At crunch time we really stepped up. Our bench came through. Defense down the stretch in the final minutes was key.
Sometimes one team just has the other team's number. While it took an overtime session to get the job done, the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky for the fourth time in as many games this season, 88-86 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Not many at Allstate Arena realized the significance when the Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot embraced the New York Liberty's Katelan Redmon an hour before the all-important WNBA clash between the two Eastern Conference opponents Friday night. But for Vandersloot and Redmon, along with scores of Gonzaga women's basketball faithful, it was history in the making as two players from GU appeared in a WNBA uniform for the first-time ever; ironically coming as the two battled each other.
Before guard Epiphanny Prince broke her foot June 16, the Chicago Sky were rolling. They've struggled since, no doubt missing her 22.3 points per game. In the meantime, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look behind the scenes her rehab.
Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash and Asjha Jones were part of one of the greatest dynasties in women's college basketball. A decade later they're reunited with their coach on a squad that has a chance to be one of the best Olympic teams ever.