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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tina Charles, Asjha Jones reflect on Olympic experience

The events of the last month or so will remain etched in the minds of former UConn stars Tina Charles and Asjha Jones forever.

 The Connecticut Sun teammates were both first-time Olympians and they met with the Connecticut media this afternoon to reflect on the run to Olympic glory.

 "It was awesome," Charles said. "It was great. At the opening ceremonies that is when it hit me that I was here and that the team had arrived. Just to be walking alongside of Sue, Swin and Dee who went through it and them saying it's unreal, it is going to be great."

The real emotions, however, happened after the U.S. won the gold medal for the fifth straight time and the players had their gold medals draped around their necks as the national anthem played.

"To see Dee, Swin and Sue those guys have been through it before, it doesn't get old," Jones said. "It was my first time and it really sunk in. This is like a dream come true for most people."

Charles, like so many of her teammates, was overcome with emotion during the medal ceremony.

"I think I got emotional," Charles said. "Diana was tearing up the whole time and she as been through it a couple of times. That is the (image) you see at the Olympics with athletes with their hands on their heart so when they played the anthem it was great."


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