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Brittney Griner ESPN The Magazine Feature: Laying down her road
2:00 P.M., THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 10 Interview issue. To read the complete article, visit ESPN.com.

ELENA BERGERON: What happened with the Olympics? Why did you choose not to compete?
BRITTNEY GRINER: I chose to stay in school. It would've set me back a little bit in my classes and in my graduation time. I just really wanted to knock that out of the way first.

BERGERON: For a lot of athletes, that would've been a no-brainer. The Olympics were a bigger stage; the marketing opportunities and the chance to win a gold medal seem like too much to pass up. Do you feel as if that's something that will be there in the future?
GRINER: I definitely think it'll be there in my future, and I will definitely try to pursue it again. At the time, me and my family, we just felt like it was good for me to stay.

BERGERON: Team USA coach Geno Auriemma missed you. He said, "There is nobody else in the world like her. I don't care who Australia has, who Russia has or who anybody else has. Nobody has anybody else like Brittney Griner." What was it like hearing that from a coach whom you've beaten before?
GRINER: It's definitely humbling. I don't know. I don't say that I'm the best in the country, because I always criticize myself so hard. There are so many things I can say are wrong with my game, and someone can sit there and say, "Well no, this, this and this are good." I'm just hard on myself.

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