These days three-time Olympian Dawn Staley is immersed in recruiting for her South Carolina squad. But speaking from her Chicago hotel, she’s certain she’ll catch the tape-delayed airing of the London Olympic Games on Friday.
Particularly to watch Australian star Lauren Jackson carry her country’s flag as Staley did for the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
“I don’t sleep well, so I will definitely watch it,” said Staley, who was also an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s 2008 Olympic team. “I know at least I’ll see Lauren. I might be dead tired and sleep by the time the United States is called.”
Staley, a point guard, was the first basketball player to do so for the Americans while Jackson, a center, is the second for the Aussies. Staley and Jackson are the only WNBA players to receive the honor.
Their process to becoming flag bearer was different. Jackson was a one-man committee selection whereas Staley was a member the democratic system that landed her the gig.