Fever’s Tamika Catchings, Pacers’ Paul George relish Olympic gold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Tamika Catchings and Paul George are golden.

The professional basketball players posed together with their gold medals for a photo posted by George on Instagram. Catchings won her fourth gold medal in a pro career that’s coming to a close. George captured his first in a career that’s on the rise.

Catchings, 37, didn’t play as large of a role on the court this time, but that didn’t seem to matter as Team USA routed Spain 101-72.

“Winning the gold, like, this is awesome,” the Indiana Fever star told USA Today. “But when we think about the sweat and the tears and the hard work we put in to get to this point, looking to left, looking to the right on that podium and seeing the flag go up, hearing the national anthem being played, that’s something that you could never … it never gets old.”

For 26-year-old George, the medal marked the end of a comeback story. He played 22 minutes and finished with nine points and three steals in Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia in the gold medal game.

It’s a far cry from August 2014, when George suffered a compound fracture after crashing into a stanchion during practice. He needed surgery on his right leg and missed the majority of the 2014-2015 NBA season.

“I just finalized this whole story, put it to rest,” the Indiana Pacers star told the IndyStar. “I’m officially back.”