Pamela and Javale McGee make history as first mother and son to win Olympic gold medals

  • Written by Blue Telusma
  • Published on 12th August 2021
    Javale McGee of Team United States bites his gold medal during the Men’s Basketball medal ceremony on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 07, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
  • The McGees have made basketball the family business and both starred in the Games
  • Last weekend, NBA star Javale McGee and his mother, USC Trojans legend Pamela McGee, made history as the first mother and son to win gold medals at the Olympics.
  • “Now my running gag is that I’m the only Olympian basketball player to birth an Olympian!” the matriarch teased Wednesday when the dynamic duo appeared on the third hour of TODAY.
  • Pamela, 58, starred for the USC Trojans who were featured in the Women of Troy documentary on HBO, is a Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer who won a gold medal in 1984. Thirty-seven years later, not only did her son also bring home an Olympic gold medal after the United States beat France 87-82 last Saturday but he’s also won three NBA titles.


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