Just Women's Sports announced three new digital series on Thursday, headlined by The Gold Standard, a new studio show hosted by Olympic gold medalists and women's sports icons Kelley O'Hara and Lisa Leslie.

USWNT and NWSL great O'Hara, a two-time World Cup winner and Olympic gold and bronze medalist, is teaming up with three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, herself a four-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA, to bring viewers inside the world of Olympic women's sports. The pair will record each episode in-studio, with a series of special guests joining them throughout the show's run.

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An insider's view of the Summer Games

The Gold Standard will debut on July 27th and cover the biggest women's sports stories from the Paris Olympics, giving fans a unique perspective by tapping into the insights and opinions of two legendary Olympians. 

"I know first-hand just how exciting and intense the Olympic Games can be," Leslie told JWS. "This show gives us a chance as athletes to bring fans closer to the experience, by sharing our unique insights into the Games. And with all the momentum we're seeing in women's sports, now is the perfect time to have a show dedicated to the biggest women's sports moments at the Olympic Games." 

"I can still remember watching the '96 Olympics and knowing that I wanted to be on that stage one day," says O'Hara. "Having the chance to compete in the Olympics and win gold was one of the highlights of my career. I'm looking forward to being a fan this time around and getting the chance to share my own perspective on the Games' biggest stories. Having teamed with Just Women's Sports before, I know this will be content that resonates with fans." 

The Gold Standard will live on Just Women's Sports' YouTube page, with select social cuts distributed across JWS digital platforms. The six-episode show will run through August 13th.

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1v1 with Kelley O'Hara will focus on USWNT players as they prep for the 2024 Olympics. (Just Women's Sports)

Additional series focus on USWNT's Olympic run

The Gold Standard is just one of three upcoming JWS series designed to invite fans to experience the Summer Games from an Olympian's point of view, with additional series zeroing in on the USWNT's 2024 Olympic run.

Ahead of the opening ceremony, JWS will launch the latest edition of 1v1, with host Kelley O'Hara interviewing three of her USWNT teammates: Emily Sonnett, Jaedyn Shaw, and Rose Lavelle. These peer-to-peer interviews provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the USWNT's preparation for their first major tournament under new manager Emma Hayes.

To round things out, JWS is also bringing back its award-winning series, The 91st. This tournament's edition will be hosted by retired USWNT star and World Cup champion Jessica McDonald alongside noted soccer personalities Jordan Angeli and Duda Pavão. The 91st will follow the USWNT as it looks to go for gold against a stacked international field at the Paris Olympics — including reigning World Cup winners Spain.

Each new digital series leans on the expertise of its accomplished hosts and special guest stars, providing fans with candid, personality-driven commentary surrounding this summer's biggest event.

USC freshman JuJu Watkins is continuing on her historic pace for the season.

On Wednesday, Watkins had 31 points and 12 rebounds in No. 8 USC’s 71-70 win over Penn State. With the Trojans down six to Penn State with two minutes left, Watkins scored seven straight points to win the game.

While her performance was huge for the Trojans as they avoided the upset, it also made history in the process. It was her third 30-point game of the season, tying Lisa Leslie for the most such games by a freshman in school history, per ESPN Stats & Info. And that’s just five games into the season.

“She’s special,” head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said of Watkins. “There’s no more adjectives I can use.”

“She keeps showing me new things. The most telling thing is how much her teammates freaking love her, because when she gets knocked down and battered, they’re going to play better, because they understand how hard she works and what a great teammate she is.”

And perhaps her best points of the night came right before the half, as Watkins drained a half-court buzzer beater to pull the Trojans even with the Nittany Lions.

“I think it just goes back to the team,” Watkins said when asked how she stays in rhythm. “They put so much trust in me. Even when I’m turning the ball over — tonight wasn’t great for me — but they still believed in me and continued to empower me.”

Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie and two-time WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike are set to host The Warm-Up, a Just Women’s Sports preview show ahead of Friday’s NCAA women’s basketball semifinal matchups.

The show, which debuted prior to the 2021 NWSL Championship game, will make its first foray into basketball, with Leslie and Ogwumike tipping off at 6 p.m. ET on the JWS TikTok channel.

The 45-minute program will provide fans with commentary and critical analysis on the semifinal games, which will feature South Carolina facing Louisville and UConn taking on Stanford.

The preview show will be held at the inaugural Just Women’s Sports Spot, the first in an event series that takes the classic sports bar experience and dedicates it entirely to women’s sports. The event, held in New York City, will also feature entertainment from four-time WNBA All-Star and DJ Elizabeth Cambage.

“I am so excited to join the Just Women’s Sports team for ‘The Warm-Up’ to talk about March Madness. The shooting display at this year’s tournament has been phenomenal,” Leslie said. “It’s awesome to be able to shine the spotlight on all these amazing women kicking butt in sport and I’m 100% loving the much-deserved attention women are receiving in sports at all levels. I’m here to support and help grow the game any way I can.”

Catch The Warm-Up streaming live on the JWS TikTok channel at 6 p.m. ET on Friday ahead of the NCAA tournament semifinals.

Lisa Leslie is opening up about what it is like to start a family as a professional athlete, telling Dawn Staley on the Netlife podcast that “it is a lot of pressure to try to figure out when to have a child.”

The WNBA legend had her first child in 2007, ten years after first taking the court with the Los Angeles Sparks. With her daughter born in June, Leslie knew it would be nearly impossible to play in the upcoming WNBA season. She says telling her team was the hardest part.

“For us to go from first place to last place pretty much was difficult,” Leslie says of her season on the sideline. “Thank god for Candace Parker coming in that next class, the Sparks finishing last and getting the number one pick, everything ended up working out.”

Regarding pay, Leslie says that was another concern she had, remembering, “I believe the Sparks paid me half my salary while pregnant, I think.”

Returning to the court, Leslie had to figure out childcare for her daughter Lauren, who accompanied her mom on every trip.

“I did have to pay for my nanny to come with me, which was tough but it’s necessary. My baby went everywhere with me.”

Leslie also had to deal with people looking at her career differently after becoming a mother.

“People start to think you’re on your way out because of the child,” says Leslie, who played two more seasons after having Lauren.

Things have slowly begun to change since Leslie played, something the basketball icon is grateful for.

“I’m thankful the league has changed so much and made adjustments to the CBA so that these young women will have this opportunity,” says Leslie, “to still get paid and be able to have children.”

Listen to more from Leslie on motherhood, her playing days and her friendship with Staley on the latest episode of the NETLIFE podcast.

Lisa Leslie remembers friend Kobe Bryant as devotedly committed to his family and uniquely dedicated to the game of basketball.

The former Los Angeles Sparks star stopped by the new Just Women’s Sports Netlife podcast and talked with host Dawn Staley about the “void” Bryant left after his passing.

Leslie was first introduced to Bryant as the young star and his family was getting settled in Los Angeles.

“I just hit it off with the family,” recalls Leslie. “His mom reminded me of my mom.”

Shaya, Kobe’s sister, and Leslie quickly became friends.

“I am there talking basketball with Kobe and then I am over playing with Shaya and we’re going to the mall,” Leslie remembers of the early days at the Bryant home.

The basketball banter between Leslie and Bryant often centered on Michael Jordan, with Leslie remembering Bryant studiously watching Jordan games in his room.

The WNBA and NBA stars bonded over their work ethic, both being steadfast about their gym routine. “What meshed was that tenacity, that hard work, that passion.”

Training at the same facility, Leslie would periodically get updates from Bryant on his life as he evolved as a player and person. She recalls when the legendary Laker met his wife Vanessa Bryant, which was originally “tough for the family” as Bryant was young when they decided to marry.

“Nobody knew Vanessa was gonna be so amazing, she’s awesome,” says Leslie. “She was the right one and it was amazing.”

As the years went on, Leslie and Bryant would continue to keep in touch.

“I knew that Kobe was happy,” remembers Leslie. “It really was just about family.”

Hear more from Staley and Leslie on Bryant’s legacy on the latest episode of NETLIFE.

Opposites attract when it comes to former roommates, teammates and longtime friends Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley.

The WNBA legend stopped by Dawn Staley’s new podcast Netlife to reminisce about her illustrious career, including her time on the court with Staley.

The teammates first met when Staley was a freshman in college and Leslie was just a junior in high school. With Leslie projecting a laidback California demeanor and Staley sporting an east-coast toughness, the two couldn’t have been more different. What bonded the friends, however, was their shared commitment to the game of basketball.

“What we have always had in common is our work ethic,” says Leslie, “and our work ethic was like, it does not matter who is in front of us, we are going after it, we are going one hundred percent.”

The former Team USA and Los Angeles Sparks star reveals that fighting for her teammates is what kept her passion for the game alive. Staley shared in that same mentality.

“We were of the same cloth,” Leslie tells Staley.

Playing on the 1996 Olympic team together, Leslie remembers the entire squad sharing their grit and resilience.

“It wasn’t the best players in the country, the 12,” recalls Leslie, “but we had the best chemistry and the best understanding of sacrificing self for the team.”

The 1996 USA Basketball team went on to win the Atlanta Summer Games, capturing national attention and elevating the profile of women’s basketball.

With the exposure and connectedness that comes with social media, Leslie isn’t sure if the hunger of the 1996 group could be replicated by players today.

“I don’t know that their level of passion and work ethic is the same,” says Leslie. “They want the glitz and the glamor, they want the deals already, but who is in the gym at six in the morning?”

Despite the grind, It wasn’t all work and no play with Team USA. Staley and Leslie remember getting their laughs in while playing for multiple Olympic teams.

One memory in particular still makes the two laugh, reminiscing about a failed “circle the wagon” drill. In order to complete the game, each player had to net a layup and collect a rebound in succession without letting the ball hit the floor, or else the drill would start over.

“Of course, we are professionals, so you should make layups. But unfortunately on this day, Tina Thompson has missed two layups so the drill keeps starting over,” Leslie recalls.

The first time Thompson missed the team was understanding. By the second, people started to lose their patience, and then the third was simply too much for some teammates to take.

Upon whiffing her third attempt, teammate Sheryl Swoopes yelled out, “Damnit, Tina!” The moment instantly became an inside joke for the team and is still referenced to this day.

Listen to more behind-the-scenes Team USA stories with Staley and Leslie here.