Laura Hodges

Laura Hodges

Basketball Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Quarterfinal

71 (Lost)

73 (Won)

Australia

Serbia


Laura Hodges


(Local) / 12:15 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round Group A

74 (Won)

66 (Lost)

Australia

Belarus


Laura Hodges


(Local) / 05:45 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round Group A

86 (Lost)

92 (Won)

Japan

Australia


Laura Hodges


(Local) / 12:15 PM 9 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round Group A

89 (Won)

71 (Lost)

Australia

France


Laura Hodges


(Local) / 05:30 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round Group A

61 (Won)

56 (Lost)

Australia

Turkey


Laura Hodges


(Local) / 05:30 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round Group A

66 (Lost)

84 (Won)

Brazil

Australia


Laura Hodges


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Athlete Biography

After competing in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, Laura Hodges is off to her fourth straight Olympic Games at Rio as she looks to join Lauren Jackson and Kristi Harrower as Australia’s only four-time Olympic basketball medallists.

Having won the WNBL Rookie of the Year award in 2001 and represented Australia at Junior World Championship level, Hodges competed for the national side at the 2002 World Championships where they finished with the bronze medal.

She won her first Olympic silver medal in Athens in 2004 and signed her first overseas contract to play for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA in 2005 having played in the WNBL since 1999. She played for three seasons in the WNBA.

Hodges won both Commonwealth Games and World Championship gold in 2006 in what was one of the most successful years for the Australian side before going on to win another Olympic silver medal in 2008. She played her first season in Italy in 2006 and would line up for Taranto, Parma and Bracco Geas in a six year stint that finished up just before the London 2012 Games.

Hodges added a bronze to her swag of Olympic medals in London. She has since played for the Adelaide Lightning where she earned WNBL All-Star Five selection in 2013. Hodges will bring a wealth of experience to the Australian side as they go in search of their first gold Olympic gold medal in Rio.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 3rd (basketball) 2008 Beijing – 2nd (basketball) 2004 Athens – 2nd (basketball)

Recent Performances

  • 5 wins & 3 losses - European Tour (Italy & France)
  • 1st – 2015 Oceania Championships (Melbourne & Tauranga, New Zealand)
  • 3rd – 2014 World Championships (Turkey)
  • 1st – 2013 Oceania Championships (Canberra & Auckland, New Zealand)

Career Highlights

  • Becoming World Champions with the Opals at the 2006 Worlds in Brazil
  • Winning a silver medal with the Opals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Winning a Silver Medal with the Opals at the 2004 Athens Olympics

Education

  • Primary
    Clapham Primary School (SA, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Urrbrae Agricultural High School (SA, Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Brendan Joyce (2013 - current)
  • Club
    Tango Bourges Basket, Bourges, France
  • Institute/Academy
    Centre of Excellence, Basketball Australia
  • Primary Training Base
    Bourges, France
  • Secondary Training Base
    Adelaide, Australia

Q&A

Superstition/s
Always need to brush my teeth just before I go to my games. Not very exciting but it certainly has become routine now.
Favourite food
Cadbury Chocolate
Favourite holiday destination
Lizard Island, North Queensland, Australia
Favourite music
Most Top 40 Pop songs of the time.. But hard to go past Johnny Farnham
Dream car
Audi SQ5
Personal Motto
I believe my greatest asset is not my physical ability but my mental strength.
Star Sign
Sagittarius
I would spend my last $10 on
Cadbury Chocolate
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Swimming
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman winning the 400m gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Games.
First Olympic Memory?
The Awesome Foursome winning gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
Most Influential person in your career/life
It is too hard to pick one particular person so I will have to say my family because they always encouraged me as a child to try new things.
Why this sport?
My sisters started to play basketball and I always wanted to do what they did so I followed in their footsteps.