Sue Bird has retired from Olympic basketball with a fifth Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020.
One of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball, the 40-year-old helped the United States to a seventh-straight gold medal at her final Games as she bows out a living legend.
With seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and three turnovers, Bird helped the U.S. to a 90-75 win over Japan in the final adding to her considerable gold reserves, helping the women match the men for the most ever in a row, after the men did it from 1936-68.
At Tokyo 2020 Bird contributed 33 points, 15 rebounds, 35 assists, 8 turnovers, 7 steals to another sparkling Olympic campaign.
She now has 10 Olympic and World Cup medals in the bank, more than any other men's or women's basketball player in history, and nine of them are gold.
Read on for more stats on Sue Bird, USA basketball superstar.
Sue Bird's Olympic Stats
Team USA's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, Sue Bird is the only basketball player ever, man or woman, to win five Olympic gold medals alongside teammate Diana Taurasi.
"Couldn’t have asked for a better ending," Bird said after the final. "There’s really not much else to say,”
“I feel so proud I’ve been able to wear this uniform for as long as I have, to play along side this one as long as I have, We’ve won, and that’s obviously the story.
Turning to Taurasi she said: "But I don’t think there’s anyone else I’d rather do it with because we just have so much fun and I love you homie.”
Bird leaves the Americans on a 55-game Olympic winning streak dating back to the Barcelona '92 bronze medal game.
The point guard and playmaker had 13 assists against Nigeria in their opener, surpassing her previous Olympic best game-high of nine assists.
13 took her over 100 assists to 102 and into the top five Olympic all-time assist makers.
35 assists at Tokyo 2020 leaves her with a huge 122 all-time assists at the Olympic Games.
Bird's Olympic golden Games ran from Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, to Tokyo 2020.
She's also a four-time FIBA World Cup champion with Team USA (2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), and won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Cup.
Sue Bird road to Tokyo 2020 gold
This is how Sue Bird and the USA won the 7th:
USA 81-72 Nigeria (Bird stats: 4 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal)
USA 86-69 Japan (Bird: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals)
USA 93-82 France (Bird: 6 points, 1 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover)
USA 79-55 (Bird: 9 points, 5 assists, 1 steals)
USA 79-59 Serbia (Bird: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals)
USA 90 - 75 Japan (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 turnovers)
Sue Bird NCAA, WNBA and Euroleague champion
Bird's club career has also sparkled.
- Two-time NCAA champion (2000, 2002) with the University of Connecticut
- Four-time WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020) with the Seattle Storm
- Five-time Russian National League champion (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Five-time EuroLeague champion (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- Two-time Europe SuperCup winner (2009, 2010)
WNBA Awards and Honours
- 12 time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021)
- 5 time All-WNBA First Team (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016)
- 3 time All-WNBA Second Team (2008, 2010, 2011)
- 3 time WNBA assists leader (2005, 2009, 2016)
- 2 time WNBA peak performer (2009, 2016)
- All-time Allstar appearances
- All-time Assists leader
- All-time leader in Games played
- All-time leader in Minutes played
- All-time leader Turnovers
- WNBA All-Decade Team (2006, Top 10 players from first 10 years)
- WNBA Top 15 Players of All Time (2011, Top 15 players from first 15 years)
- WNBA Top 20@20 (2016, Top 20 players from first 20 years)
- Oldest player in WNBA history
- Top 10 all-time in:
- 3-pointers made (3rd)
- 3-point attempts(3rd)
- Steals (4th)
- Points (7th)
- Field goal attempts(7)
- Field goals made (9th)
She leaves the game a champion in every way possible.