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Apr 30, 2016

As an athlete, there are few things harder than watching from the sidelines.

When you are an athlete like Chiney Ogwumike, a high energy all effort all the time player, it can be the hardest thing possible.

That, however, is exactly where Ogwumike found herself last year. After injuring her knee overseas, surgery kept the rookie of the year on the sidelines for the Connecticut Sun.

While difficult, Ogwumike made the best of the situation, learning to see the game differently, helping her teammates with tireless encouragement. When the Sun fell victim to a late season swoon, though, Ogwumike could only watch and wait for the redemption that she hoped would come this season.

Rather than rush the injury and play overseas in the winter, Ogwumike began preparation for her future, working in television, particularly ESPN and Pac-12 network. She was a studio host, color analyst, and show guest, all building the Ogwumike brand and reputation for success in all fields.

Fast forward to this summer, and a healed Ogwumike is ready and raring to go. The Sun has a new coach in Curt Miller, and improved talent to play alongside Ogwumike in veterans Camille Little and Jasmine Thomas, most improved player and All-Star Kelsey Bone, and the Sun's other All-Star Alex Bentley. Add in a talented rookie class featuring Morgan Tuck and Rachel Banham, and it should be a fun summer at Mohegan Sun Arena!

I was able to talk to Ogwumike at media day this week, here are her thoughts, in her own words.