Born on October 16, 1980, Sue Bird is a professional female basketball player in the United States of America (USA). She is a younger daughter of Herschel and Nancy Bird.

Childhood

When she was a child, Sue Bird was keen on sports such as basketball, tennis, soccer, and track and field. She then decided to pursue a basketball playing career. At the age of six, she started participating in the AAU basketball games.

She studied at Syosset High School during her freshman and took part in Christ the King Regional High School to have more competition. Thanks to the participation, she had a chance to win the New York State Player of the Year and the New York Daily News Player of the Year. She was also appreciated as a WBCA All American.

After the high school graduation, Sue Bird enrolled at the University of Connecticut in 1998 and played for the Uconn Huskies. During the four years, she helped the Huskies to achieve the NCCA championship twice in 2000 and 2002 and received many accolades including the Nancy Lieberman Awards in 2000, 2001, and 2002, the Naismith College Player of the Year in 2002, and the USBWA Women’s National Player of the Year in 2002.

Career

Sue Bird has been taking part in the US national team since 2000. For the first tournament, she and her team won the gold medal at the 2000 Jones Cup in Taipei. Two years later, she won her first gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in China.

In 200, the U.S. national team lost in the semi-finals of the Brazil World Cup and won a bronze medal. However, Sue Bird then won the three consecutive World Cups namely the 2010 Czech Republic, 2014 Turkey, and 2018 Spain.

She made her debut in Olympic in Athens in 2004. She and her team won the gold medal that year and also at the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro.