Maya Moore is as accomplished a women’s hoops player as they come. An Olympic gold medal is the one accomplishment Moore hasn’t checked off her list. With the London Games commencing today, she’ll soon get her chance.

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The basketball bug started for Moore when she was younger.

“When I was about eight, is when I realized I love basketball more than the other sports,” Moore said. “I really was able to become a good basketball player because I played all the time.”

Moore had always hoped to play professionally but first captured national attention as an All-American at Georgia’s Collins Hill High School and then later as a two-time national champion at college powerhouse Connecticut. Moore’s ascent to the top of women’s hoops was almost complete.

“I was in a unique generation where I was able to watch WNBA and NBA growing up as a kid,” Moore said. “So I always knew that WNBA was out there for me and that is a goal of mine and I can make a career out of that.”

And Moore did. She was drafted first overall in 2011 by the Minneosta Lynx. And with just one season under her belt, she’s already a WNBA Champion. Moore also earned Rookie of the Year honors in her first season.

It’s a product of Moore’s dedication to putting in hard work before tip-off.

“That’s why I practice so hard and I try to prepare so well so that when the game happens, I don’t have to over-think things, I can just play free,” Moore said. “I think as long as I got people around that’ll help me to stay focused, I’ll continue to be successful.”

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