Suzanne Bright Bird was born on the 16th of October, 1980. She is an American-Israeli basketball player who plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.
Bird was born in Syosset, Nassau County, New York on Long Island. She was the second child of two children, and she holds dual citizenship for the United States and Israel.
Bird got interested in sports at an early age. Apart from basketball, she also played soccer, tennis and ran track. She became very good at basketball, and she began to play AAU basketball when she was in the sixth grade.
When Bird got to high school, she was named New York State Player of the Year, a WBCA All-American and the New York Daily News Player of the Year. When she was in her senior year, she was a part of the Undefeated UConn in 2002, and she was awarded the Naismith Award and the Wade Trophy as College Player of the Year. She finished her career in UConn by ranking first in three-point field goal percentage as well as free throw percentage. She was also second in steals and assists, and she was a three-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the best point guard in the country.
In the WNBA, Bird has won three WNBA championships (in the years 2004, 2010 and 2018), four Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and she also led the WNBA in assists on three occasions. She has been selected to eight (8) All-WNBA teams and 11 WNBA All-Star teams.
Bird is one of only nine women who has won an NCAA Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal, and a WNBA Championship. Back in 2015, she was voted as one of the 15 Top WNBA Players of All Time, and she was also voted into the WNBA Top 20@20 as one of the Top 20 Players of All Time.
Lillian Copeland was born on the 24th of November, 1904, and she was an American track and field athlete, who specialized in weight throwing. She had been dubbed the most successful female discus thrower in the history of the U. S., and she has also had a few titles in the javelin and shot-put throwing.
Until the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Lillian was the only American woman who had won the discus throw at a modern Olympiad. She was also the first Olympian to be an alumnus of both the Los Angeles High School and the University of Southern California.
Copeland was a competitor in the major formative years of women’s competition in both track and field events. She might have won a lot medals in the sport of discus throwing, but these medals definitely don’t do enough justice to her greatness at both track and field events. She also won awards in other related sports as well.
For instance, in the shot put, she won the AAU championships on five occasions (1924-1928, 1931). She also won the AAU discus throw title in both 1926 and 1927, as well as the javelin throw title in 1926 and 1931. In the latter event, she set a new world record three different times in 1926 and 1927 and, according to an account in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, she is also said to have set the world record six separate times in shot put, discus and javelin between 1925 and 1932.
Copeland eventually died on the 7th of July, 1964.
Ágnes Keleti was born as Ágnes Klein, on the 9th of January, 1921. She is a Hungarian-Israeli retired Olympic and world champion gymnast and coach. In her Olympic career, she represented Hungary and she won medals, including five (5) gold medals, three (3) silver medals, and two (2) bronze medals. Agnes is considered to be one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time. She holds more Olympic medals than any other person from Israel, as well as more Olympic medals than any other person from Jewish descent, with the sole exception being Mark Splitz. She was the most successful athlete at the 1956 Summer Olympics, but she later immigrated to Israel in 1957, which is where she lives to this day.
Keleti was Jewish and she was born in Budapest. She started gymnastics at the age of 4, and she had become the Hungarian National champion in gymnastics by the age of 16. Over the course of her career, from 1937 to 1956, she won the championships a total of 10 times.
Keleti was a prospect for the 1940 Olympics, but the 1940 and 1944 Games ended up being canceled due to the events of World War II. She was expelled from her gymnastics club, and she had to go into hiding to survive the war.
Keleti was able to survive the war by buying and using identity papers of a Christian girl and working as a maid.
After the war, Keleti played the cello and started to train again. She won her first Hungarian Championship in 1946, and the Central European gymnastics title in 1947. She qualified for the 1948 Olympics, but couldn’t make the event as she tore an ankle ligament.
She, however, continued to train and she entered the 1952 Olympics as a 31-year-old. She won gold in the floor exercise, silver in the team competition and bronze in the uneven bars and the team portable apparatus event. She participated in the 1954 World Championships, where she won on the uneven bars.
At the 1956 Olympics, Keleti won gold in floor, bars and balance beam, and she won second place in the all-around. The Hungarian team was first in the portable apparatus, as well as second in the all-around. At 35, Keleti became the oldest female gymnast to ever win gold.
Keleti eventually went back to Israel in 1957, where she competed at the Maccabiah Games of 1957. Upon her retirement, she worked as a physical education instructor at the Tel Aviv University, and she also spent another 34 years at the Wingate Institute for Sports in Netnya. She also worked with and coached the Israel national gymnastics team into the 90s.