This is Seimone Augustus' second Olympics after being a reserve on the U.S. team that won a gold medal in Beijing in 2008.
The Lynx guard calls being an Olympian a life-changing experience.
"I am from little old Louisiana, where people don't expect much from us," Augustus said. "A lot of people really don't make it from there. They end up staying in Baton Rouge their entire lives. They don't have big dreams of going other places."
Augustus said she hopes her story can inspire a young child in her hometown to ask, "Why can't I make it?"
The path to London for Augustus had its rough spots. She was cut twice before making her first U.S. team in 2003. That thrill was eclipsed by winning gold in Beijing with her parents attendance.
"My dad got a tattoo, an Olympic torch with Olympic rings and my USA number on a basketball," Augustus said. The tattoo also has the words "Proud Dad."
"And once we won the medal," Augustus said, "my mom said that was the first time she had ever saw [my dad] cry over anything [like] basketball. He is always my toughest critic. At that moment, I had reached the top."
Her parents will be in Great Britain, too.
"When you play for the USA, you can't really worry about minutes or points or stuff like that," Augustus said. "It is about the team. The pride of your country is on your back in every sport there, and people are going to be expecting great results."