Teresa Edwards ( born July 19, 1964 in Cairo, Georgia ) is an American former basketball player. The 1.80 m wide Edwards led the national team of the United States as a construction player in five Olympic Games four gold medals and one bronze. She is the most successful player in the history of Olympic basketball competitions. In addition, it was with the national team twice world champion.
In the club
After graduating from the University of Georgia Edwards moved in the absence of a U.S. professional league in Italy, where it was in 1987 with Primigi Vicenza Italian champion and winner of the European Cup. After another year in Italy at Primax Magenta she played in Japan for the factory team from Mitsubishi. 1994 Edwards went back to Europe and signed with CB Dorna Godella Valencia, where she reached the final of the Euro League Women, however, this lost. Then she played in France for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, before she moved to the newly founded American Basketball League to Atlanta Glory, where they temporarily took over the role of head coach. 1998 Edwards went to Philadelphia Rage, where she was only half a year later active until the end of the league. It refused, however a change in the WNBA, as they could only receive a small salary as league rookie. Instead, Edwards played again in 2002 in France and won with the U.S. Valenciennes Olympic Euro League Women. In 2003 she decided to follow for a change in the WNBA, where she spent two years active for the Minnesota Lynx. After she finished her playing career and in 2006 was co-trainer at the Lynx.
In the National Team
With the U.S. selection Edwards participated in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 ) and won 1992 each except the gold medal. At the games in Atlanta her the honor to swear the Olympic oath. 1986 and 1990 it was part of the champion team.
Records and records
Edwards is the only basketball player who participated in five Olympic Games and four gold medals and one bronze medal also the most successful. It is both the youngest and the oldest basketball player who won an Olympic gold medal. As the only player in the short history of the ABL she was able to achieve at least 40 points in a game ( she managed it four times in total ).