Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson, widely considered to be Australia’s greatest female basketball player of all time, has led the Australian women to the Olympic podium four times from four Olympic Games. Having won silver medals in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008), Jackson carried the Australian flag into the London Opening Ceremony before going on to claim bronze in 2012. On each occasion, the gold-medal team has been the United States.

Both her parents, Gary and Maree, represented Australia in basketball, and Lauren took to the game at the age of four. A teenage prodigy at Murray High School, Albury, she moved to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as a teenager. She first played for the Opals in 1997 at the age of 16, and led the AIS team - composed of the country’s best 16-to-18-year-old players - to a premiership in the WNBL national professional league. She later joined Canberra’s other team, the Capitals, and led them to four titles.

When Jackson went into America’s WNBA draft in 2001, she was an automatic first choice for Seattle Storm. At 196cm, Jackson is very effective in defence, combining her height with a good shooting percentage. Still committed to the national team, in 2006 Jackson led the Opals to victory over Russia for the 2006 World Championship crown. In 2007 Jackson received the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and she has been named as winner of the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player award three times (2003, 2007 and 2010). In 2004 and 2010 her Seattle Storm team won the WNBA championship.

While juggling her time between playing the WNBA and WNBL, Jackson has also had success playing in Europe and Asia. After an initial stint in Russia, Jackson played in Korea for three years where she won the MVP for the league in 2007. She played with Spartak Moscow in Russia between 2007-2009 and won the championship in both 2007 and 2008. In 2011 Jackson started playing with Ros Casares in Valencia, Spain. The team won the EuroLeague Championship in the 2011-12 season. 

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminary Round Group B - 03 HT: 39-26 GBR 74 - 58 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 04 HT: 27-28, FT: 65-65 FRA 70 - 74 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 08 HT: 31-18 BRA 67 - 61 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 10 HT: 30-32 RUS 70 - 66 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 14 HT: 35-22 CAN 72 - 63 Win
Quarterfinal - 01 HT: 35-36 CHN 75 - 60 Win
Semifinal - 01 HT: 47-43 USA 73 - 86 Loss
Bronze Medal Game HT: 38-30 RUS 83 - 74 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 12

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - BLR V AUS HT: 28-44 BLR 64-83 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - AUS V BRA HT: 50-29 BRA 80-65 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 29 - AUS V KOR HT: 47-33 KOR 90-62 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 38 - LAT V AUS HT: 38-41 LAT 73-96 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 50 - AUS V RUS HT: 25-37 RUS 75-55 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 38-17 CZE 79-46 Win
Semifinal HT: 34-18 CHN 90-56 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 30-47 USA 65-92 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - AUS V NGR HT: 46-32 NGR 85-73 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - RUS V AUS HT: 33-36 RUS 56-75 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 26 - JPN V AUS HT: 35-56 JPN 78-97 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 41 - AUS V GRE HT: 39-21 GRE 77-40 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 51 - BRA V AUS HT: 35-40 BRA 66-84 Win
Quarterfinals HT: 45-31 NZL 94-55 Win
Semifinals HT: 36-42 BRA 75-88 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 29-26 USA 74-63 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 04 - CAN V AUS HT: 19-40 CAN 46-78 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - AUS V BRA HT: 39-36 BRA 81-70 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 30 - AUS V SVK HT: 41-19 SVK 70-47 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 41 - SEN V AUS HT: 18-55 SEN 39-96 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 52 - FRA V AUS HT: 28-38 FRA 62-69 Win
Quarter Final HT: 43-28 POL 76-48 Win
Semi Final HT: 27-36 BRA 52-64 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 43-30 USA 76-54 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12