Sports Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Anne Donovan dies at 56

18:06  14 june  2018
18:06  14 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Anne Donovan , the basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion University, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure.

Basketball hall of famer Anne Donovan died of heart failure on Wednesday at the age of 56 . The elite athlete has a national championship and three Olympic medals - two as a player and one as a coach - under her belt.

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Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

Donovan's family confirmed the death in a statement.

''While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,'' the statement said. ''Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,'' her family's statement continued. ''We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women's' basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.''

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Anne Donovan , who won an Olympic gold medal as a player in 1984 and 1988 and also guided the WNBA's Seattle Storm to a title as a coach in 2004, died of heart failure Wednesday. Donovan , women's basketball legend, dies at 56 .

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Donovan was at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend.

She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

The 6-foot-8 center coached both in college and the WNBA. She became the first female coach and the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004. She also coached the Indiana Fever, the Charlotte Sting, New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun, working there from 2013-15. The New Jersey native also coached at Seton Hall for two years.

Donovan was a member of three Olympics teams as a player. The 1980 team did not go to Russia because of a boycott. The team won the gold in 1984 and '88.

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Anne Donovan , the Basketball Hall of Famer who won two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s, has died . She was 56 . According to ESPN.com, Donovan ’s family confirmed her death, and released a public statement that read

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After playing at Old Dominion, Donovan played professionally in Japan and Italy.

After retiring, she was an assistant at Old Dominion and then coached at East Carolina University from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage in the American Basketball League in 1997-98.

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AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed to this report.

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