Breanna Stewart has already competed at the Olympics once, helping the United States win the women's basketball gold medal in Rio. This summer, she's hoping for a similar result when Team USA looks to win its seventh-straight gold in women's basketball. Stewart, a two-time WNBA champion and former WNBA MVP, is expected to play a key role for Team USA when the games begin in Tokyo.
As part of our preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, NBC Olympics sent questionnaires to a wide range of athletes to learn more about their lives on and off the field of play.
Here’s some of what we found out about Breanna Stewart:
Tell us about your family.
My parents are Heather and Brian Stewart and I have a younger brother, Conor.
Where does your family come from?
My family is from Syracuse, NY.
Parent influence on athletic career?
My parents were very influential, especially my dad because he was the one that really got me involved in the sport and continued to push me to be where I wanted to be. Both of them are my biggest supporters.
How has your hometown shaped who you are today?
It was where I grew up and where I was shaped and learned into the person and player that I wanted to be. I'll never forget where I came from.
How much time do you train? How much do you sleep?
Probably 3-5 hours depending on the day and 7-8 hours of sleep.
Typical training day?
I wake up, go to rehab, get on the court, do a lift and then finish the day with Pilates.
What's your favorite workout?
Anytime I am on the court.
Earliest memory of playing basketball?
I started playing the sport when I was 7 or 8, but I didn't get serious with in until I was in 8th grade. I made some of my best friends through the sport and fell in love with the competitiveness and wanting to win.
Earliest memory of watching the Olympics?
My earliest memory was watching in 2008 and 2012 and just dreaming of being a part of it.
Which Winter Olympic event would you like to try?
How do you unwind after a competition?
Try and relax and keep things light.
Do you have a nickname?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can juggle.
Do you have any pets?
Stew, a mini Aussiedoodle. Stew is just a joy to have in my life and he always brightens my day.
Persona motto/inspirational quote?
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Advice you'd give a young player?
Never set your goals too high and never give up.