Stephanie Talbot | Australian Olympic Committee
 

Stephanie's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Basketball
Event: Women 5X5
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Year Born: 1994
Born: Katherine, NT

About Stephanie

Stephanie began playing basketball at primary school and had no idea that 16 years later she would be an Olympian.

While it was disappointing to drop out at the quarter-finals stage at Rio 2016 after a two-point loss to Serbia, Stephanie has had a dream run at FIBA Oceania Championships – open and age group.

She has two gold from the U16s in 2009 and U18s in 2012. Then as a senior player with the Opals she took gold at the 2015 FINA Oceania Championships.

Just before making her Opals debut she helped Australia win bronze at the 2013 U19s World Championships and was drafted by WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury, in the 2014 draft.

For the previous four years she had been playing with WNBL's Adelaide Lightning. She had stints with the University of Canberra Capitals and the Melbourne Boomers before returning to Lightning in 2019.

Stephanie was part of the 2018 FIBA World Championships silver medal-winning squad and shifted up to gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the same year.

During the Rio 2016 campaign, the Opals rounded out the group stage with a victory over Belarus to move through to the quarter-finals undefeated and set up a clash with Serbia.

The match was back and forth the whole way with the Serbians claiming a two point lead with just 10 seconds to go.

The Aussies had the chance to level the match but couldn't score as the side's run of five straight women's Olympic basketball medals came to an end.

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