Basketball legend Sue Bird celebrated Team USA's seventh straight gold medal win at the Olympics by taking to the stands to kiss her fiancee, soccer star Megan Rapinoe. The all-star women's basketball team that includes six out players and out assistant coach Cheryl Reeve claimed victory at the Tokyo Olympics when they beat the host country's team 90-75.
Additionally, Bird and Diana Taurasi (who both came up playing their sport for the famed University of Connecticut) became the first international basketball players to win five gold medals. Their tour of winning gold medals includes the Olympics in Athens, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird
"Hopefully we've left a legacy with the younger players where they now can carry that torch," Bird told ESPN.
"It's been a tremendous journey," Taurasi said. "It's 20 years of sacrifice, of putting everything else aside and just wanting to win. It's never easy playing on this team, the pressure, but this group found a way to win, and I am just happy that this group got to enjoy it."
But Bird and Taurasi weren't the only ones to reach milestones. Brittney Griner played her best game in Tokyo at the final bout, scoring 30 points, "the most points ever in a gold-medal-winning game by an American," according to ESPN.
Team USA's gold medal-winning out basketball team members are Bird, Taurasi, Griner, Chelsea Gray, Breanna Stewart, and Stefanie Dolson. Playing the first-ever 3x3 basketball competition at the Olympics, Dolson became the first LGBTQ+ athlete to win gold in Tokyo.