Lauren Jackson is arguably the best women’s basketball player in the world. She’s the unchallenged leader of the Opals, Australia’s women’s national team, who were the silver medal winners in the last Olympics and the world champions in 2006. On top of that, Lauren has twice won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Lauren gets the nod for the newsletter today because they have just tipped off against the US in the gold medal game. This is the third straight Olympics that these two squads have met for the gold with the US winning the last two times.
Here are some Lauren shots from early in the Olympics (you have to just love those Aussie uniforms):
Lauren’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Photos:
Several Aussie athletes posed nude for a controversial book called the Athens Dream. Proceeds from the sales of the book went to the Aussie’s Olympic effort. Lauren Jackson was the cover girl for the book. Here are her photos from the session.
Lauren wasn’t the only 2008 Aussie Hoopster to appear in the Athens Dream. Teammate Penny Taylor did also. Here are Penny’s photos.