Chelsea Gray isn’t just competitive on the basketball court — she’s also known to be a passionate gamer. The Team USA guard sat down with Las Vegas Aces teammate A’ja Wilson on Tea with A & Phee to relive their time at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which included plenty of board games.
“I was beating Draymond (Green) in dominos,” reveals Gray. “He thinks he’s the best of all time.”
Gray then reminisced on Wilson’s unique approach to UNO, conceding that her skills are “above average” but calling her strategy “sneaky.”
While the two admitted that the Olympics consisted of a lot of downtime, Tokyo wasn’t all fun and games.
“There was definitely pressure,” says Gray. “You don’t want to be that team that loses.”
Gray admits she tried to play it cool but tells Wilson that the lead-up to the competition was stressful.
“I just needed the first game and the ball to go up. After the first game, I was good, but leading up to it, I was like, ‘man, this is coming with some heavy shoulders.'”
Adding to the anticipation, Gray made history before ever taking the court, becoming the first Duke women’s basketball player to make an Olympic team.
“I didn’t know that,” says Gray, telling Wilson that she learned of the news during an interview and “got the chills right away.”
“My college career was cut a lot shorter than I wanted it to be so to be able to do that was super dope,” Gray says of representing Duke.
Coming home with a gold medal certainly made her alma mater proud, a feat that Gray says “no one can take away.”
Listen to more tales from Chelsea Gray and A’ja Wilson’s Olympic journey on Tea with A & Phee podcast.