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Sue Bird joines U.S. Olympics roundballers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Former Connecticut star Sue Bird Thursday became the ninth member of the U.S. Women's Olympic basketball team.

It will be the first Olympic appearance for Bird, who led Connecticut to a pair of national championships and was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championships.

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Bird was the top overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm and is a two-time league All-Star. She averaged 12.4 points and 6.5 points for the Storm in 2003.

Already named to the team were Tamika Catchings, Shannon Johnson, Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson. The remaining three members of the team will be picked at a later date.

The Summer Olympics take place in Athens, Greece, Aug. 13-29.

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