Nation: United States of America
DOB: May 9, 1982
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN
Career Highlights: Possibly the most popular player in Minnesota basketball history - even over Kevin Garnett - Whalen is coming off her first
championship in eight years as a professional. It came in her second season with the Minnesota Lynx, averaging 11.7 points
and leading the WNBA in assists for the second time with 5.9 per game. Whalen spent her first seven seasons with the Connecticut
Sun after a University of Minnesota career which included a trip to the Final Four and three NCAA tournaments - the program
previously reached only one. Born, raised and married in Hutchinson, Minn., Whalen is the Golden Gophers' all-time leading
scorer with 2,285 points. She became the first woman to be named Sportsperson of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune
in 2004, beating out Garnett in his MVP season and former Twins ace Johan Santana in a year that he won the Cy Young Award.
This will be her first Olympics, likely to serve as the backup point guard behind Sue Bird. That was Whalen's role in her
lone appearance with the U.S. senior national team at the 2010 world championships, averaging 5.9 points as Team USA won gold.
Whalen hadn't appeared in a meaningful U.S. game since the under-21 worlds in 2003. The two-time all-WNBA first teamer also
has played in the EuroLeague, where she was named an All-Star three times while playing in the Czech Republic and Russia.
Olympic History: None