Bird was surprised to see her fiancé at the courtside when she won her fifth Olympic gold medal on Sunday.
Team USA won the gold medal in women’s basketball on Sunday. Following a 90-75 win over Japan,
celebrated her fifth Olympic gold medal. The 40-year-old is engaged toMegan Rapinoe
, who won a bronze medal on Thursday as she scored twice in USWNT’s 4-3 win over Australia.
When the team members were given their gold medals, Sue was surprised to see her fiancé at the courtside. The basketball player later revealed how her partner had managed to get there.
"I'm very lucky,"
"Obviously when your partner or your fiancee is also in the Olympics you would love to be able to go and support them, be around them, to give any kind of support possible.
"Megan somehow finagled a media credential and got herself in this arena today. We didn't really know it was going to happen until two days ago, it got confirmed. So I do I feel very lucky she was here to witness it, to share it with me."
"I just went over and obviously told her I loved her and told her I was tired,
"That was pretty much the extent of the conversation, and she told me she was happy and proud of me.
"Of course I'm so proud of her and her team for winning that bronze medal. The Olympics is hard. It's really hard. There's so much pressure involved and so to have both of us medal is something that I know we'll take that memory with us forever."
Bird ruled out the possibility of representing her country at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
"It really is hard to wrap your head around it, to grasp what it is,"
said the Seattle Storm star.
"Twenty years of staying true to the game, making sure you're at the top of your game, so much sacrifice.
"The only thing about getting older, you know all the bad stuff that can happen. We lost in 2006 [to Russia at the World Championship]. We tasted that and that's always been the driver.
"So when we actually have the medal around our necks, it just feels so good. It's a sense of relief in a lot of ways."
Rapinoe is expected to return to the US to join up withOL Reign
in their league campaign. The Washington side, who are standing in fifth place on the league table, will face Kansas City on August 15.