1 – You had the honor of being one of the athletes chosen for the recent ‘Body Issue’ in ESPN The Magazine. Needless to say, the photos and behind-the-scenes video were amazing! How did it feel to pose nude in front of an entire crew?
The interesting thing that most people don’t know is that I’m actually shy, but I come out of my shell in front of a camera. The ESPN crew was great and they only had a few people in the room that were actually necessary. But I was a little nervous and thankfully loosened up a little bit as we were doing it. It ended up being a lot of fun.
At this point in my career, I’ve grown into being my own woman and athlete. So it was good being outside of the box.
2 – What’s your secret for turning back the clock? You are hotter in your 30s than you were in your 20s (no offense, of course – LOL).
When I was in my 20s, people said that I was cute. But at that age, you’re still trying to find yourself, what kid of fashion works for you and all. But now that I’m in my 30’s, I feel bold, I love myself, love my body and the skin that I’m in.
I can be sitting around in sweats and a tank top or walking the red carpet dressed to the ‘T’ and I feel very alive either way.
3 – Play a little game with us: Pretend you’re a guy watching ‘you’ walk by on the beach. What’s the one body part that ‘he’ will stare at without even blinking: your face, boobs, ass or legs?
I would have to say my legs. I’m all legs and guys like long legs!
4 – You have had quite an amazing career, but perhaps the most significant aspect of it was surviving cancer, coming back to the court and then being chosen for the second time as a member of the U.S. Olympic team – eight years after the first. Was there ever a time when you contemplated retirement during those tough days?
I contemplated a lot of different things (at that time). But there were three things that were very helpful to me: my faith, my family and the people doubting me. I wanted to prove them wrong and that was motivation for me.
5 – You have won championships at the NCAA, WNBA and Olympic level. Out of all of them, which one stands out in your mind the most and why?
All three have been amazing and a blessing, but I would have to say that first Olympic gold medal in Greece. I was young at the time and to be standing on that podium and representing our country after coming from the (housing) projects in McKeesport, Pennsylvania was great. And for every young girl out there to point at e and say, ‘if she can do it, then I can do it.’
6 – You played professional basketball for three seasons overseas in China. Regarding the obvious difficulties with the language barrier and cultural differences, it must have been quite an adjustment. Reflect a bit on that.
China was a humbling experience. It’s a completely different culture and it made me value some of the things we have in our country. But I loved the people there. They all work extremely hard and family is an important part of their lives.
7 – Who is the one current NBA player that you find incredibly attractive and could you ever see yourself in a relationship with him?
There are definitely some cute guys out there, but none that I have a crush on. Maybe you can ask them and see who says that about me!
8 – Being a tall woman, have you – or would you – ever date a guy shorter than yourself?
I dated a guy once that was a little shorter than me, but he kept buying me flat shoes. I don’t think that I’m going to try that again. I like to wear 3-or-4-inch stiletto high heels.
9 – Playing in Chicago (a great city to party in), do you take advantage of the nightlife there after games or on off days?
Chicago is an amazing city. I love to eat and there are some great restaurants here. The social aspect of it is pretty cool and it’s a great sports town, too, with lots of places to watch the sporting events. And I’m a sports girl!
10 – Since it first appeared in 2009, “The Body Issue” has featured four other WNBA players (Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker) besides yourself. I’ll make it easy on you and say that you were the most stunning out of the group, so who would you pick as your runner-up?
Diana put a challenge out to me when my issue came out for us to do a full frontal nudity. But she would win that challenge! She has bigger ‘you-know-what’s- than me.
But seriously, everyone looked hot and amazing, but when my teammate Sylvia Fowles did it. She had her hair flowing and it reminded me of The Lion King. That was such a strong pose.
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One of the most decorated and accomplished women in all of professional sports, Swin Cash has made a name for herself as a dominant and powerful figure both on and off the court. During her UCONN Huskies days, she played on the NCAA Championship team in 2000 as well as the undefeated 2002 team and was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2002. Since being drafted #2 in the WNBA, she has won three WNBA Championships, has been selected to the WNBA All-Star team six times, and earned two WNBA All-Star MVP awards. In addition to her two Olympic Gold medals, she’s won a FIBA World Championship. She is the founder of Swin Cash Enterprise, LLC, Cash Building Blocks, LP, and Cash For Kids, a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission “to motivate, educate, and elevate” kids with a particular focus on fitness. Earlier this year, Swin published her debut book, “Humble Journey: More Precious Than Gold” which documents her path from 2008 to the 2012 Olympics. She also leads the charge for equality for women on and off the court and has remained an immensely positive role model throughout her career. Swin regularly does correspondence work for national outlets such as E! News, ESPN, NBC, CBS and Young Hollywood, as well as local outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX and Comcast. She has been featured in high profile publications including SHAPE, Health and ESPN The Magazine.
Photos by Derek Blanks.