After leading the United States to another gold medal, Sue Bird scored one for love.
Bird’s kiss with fiancée Megan Rapinoe was a reaffirming and tender moment for the high-powered lesbian couple.
“I am so proud of you. As if I could love you any more,” Rapinoe posted on Instagram.
The U.S. continued its Olympics dominance in women’s basketball, defeating Japan, 90-75 on Sunday in Tokyo. After the final horn sounded Bird made a beeline to the stands where she got a kiss and hug from Rapinoe.
It was the seventh consecutive gold medal for the Americans. At 40, Bird is the oldest basketball player to win a gold medal.
Rapinoe, 36, the purple-haired star of the U.S. women’s soccer team, convinced Bird to come out in 2017. In the summer of 2019 it was Bird who planted a kiss on Rapinoe from the stands at the World Cup in France.
Bird and teammate Diana Taurasi now have five gold medals. The women started their championship careers at the University of Connecticut. Taurasi, 39, is married to former Phoenix Mercury star Penny Taylor. She hinted their run might not be over.
“See you in Paris,” she said, a reference to the 2024 Olympic games.