Former Cougar Basketball Standout To Work For NBC At Olympics

July 29, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Olympian Dawn Allinger Lewis, a member of the 1991 Washington State women's basketball NCAA Tournament team, will return to the Olympics in 2004 as the team handball analyst for NBC Sports at the Athens Games.

At the 1996 Olympic Game in Atlanta, Allinger Lewis was a member of the U.S. handball team that earned an eighth-place finish. She also is a three-time gold-medal winner at the U.S. National Team Handball Championships.

Allinger Lewis, who played for WSU from 1988-91, started every game during the Cougars' 1991 run to the NCAAs. She earned Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honors three times and was selected to the WSU All-Decade Team.

Allinger Lewis began playing handball in 1991 and joined the national team in 1993. She has since played in over 100 international games and was a member of the 1995 Pan American gold-medal team and the 1993 and 1995 teams that participated at the World Championships.

Allinger Lewis played professional handball from 1996-98 in Norway, where she also coached handball and basketball teams. Most recently, she received MVP honors at the 1994 and 1999 U.S. National Championships and was a member of the 1999 and 2003 Pan American teams that placed fourth.

The 2004 Olympics take place Aug. 13-29. For more information about NBC's coverage of the Olympics go to the NBC Olympics Homepage. To learn more about USA Team Handball go to USA Team Handball Homepage.

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