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August 21, 3:30 PM ET
Chat with Seimone Augustus

  (3:27 PM)

Seimone is here!

Zeb (Saint Paul)

Hi Seimone!What is your pre-game ritual ? Do you have a favorite meal or certain thing you do before each game?ThanksGO LYNX!

Seimone Augustus
  (3:28 PM)

Yeah, my pregame meal is pesto with chicken and shrimp. I have rice and a bottled water.

Seimone Augustus
  (3:28 PM)

Other than that I normally get to the gym 3-4 hours early. I'm a cartoon freak so I watch some cartoons.

Kira (El Paso)

What was it like playing in the London Olympics with two of your own teammates?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:29 PM)

It was awesome. We had a lot of time to bond with each other off the court. Getting to know Maya a little more. Whalen is a prankster and jokster on the team. On the court we pushed each other. We had some time on the court together during games and you could tell how focused we were.

kevin (macon ga)

What's the biggest difference between coach Auriemma and coach Reeve?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:30 PM)

Oooh...probably their sarcasm. The jokes. Coach Auriemma has a way of being sarcastically funny. Coach Reeve has choice words when trying to get the point across. But both ard good in getting you to be better as a player and reaching your potential.

Nick (MN)

How was the transition of leaving the Lynx for a month, playing for Team USA and now returning back after a month layoff of WNBA basketball?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:31 PM)

It was different because you leave the ranks as one of the star players on your team and you go to Team USA with the best players in the world on the best team in the world. But you just want to be a great teammate. Your role changes. Your gameface is on when you play.

Tony Kelzenberg (Watertown, Minnesota)

Judging by the post-Olympic WNBA games, the Lynx seem quite energized. How do you Olympians do it? Continued success!

Seimone Augustus
  (3:32 PM)

We have an excellent group and trainers. They did a great job of keeping up with us and when we came back they jumped right on treatments. Coach did a great job with practices. They've been intense but shorter.

Sofia (Durham, NC)

The Lynx seem to have a pattern of slow starts coupled with big 4th quarter runs this season. Why do you think that happens and has the team worked on any specific ways to start better?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:33 PM)

We definitely have been talking about the first five minutes of the game. When we have had slow starts, we felt the other team has dictated the play. The last few games we've tried to jump on opponents early. We try to be as efficient as we can.

Chris (Dinkytown, MN)

Congrats on your second gold medal! Having seen the international competition in the Olympics, how do you think the Lynx would have fared against them? In other words, if the national team were made up of just the Lynx roster, would you have taken the Gold?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:34 PM)

It's tough to say. I think we would have made a good run at it. We possibily could have, but we'll never know until it happens, which might never.

Kricket (Burnsville, MN)

Do the Lynx have extra motivation when avenging a loss? or do you prepare the same way and it is an unstated motivation?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:34 PM)

I think you have a little more motivation for a team you've lost too. You want to prove a point that you didn't play as well as the last time. You want to prove a point to that particular team.

kevin (macon ga)

Sometimes teams and players get complacent after winning a championship. What do the Lynx do to combat that tendency?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:35 PM)

We're staying hungry. We stopped talking about last year. We're talking about this year. That championship is open. We've been just progressively wanting to get better as a team. Hopefully that leads to us getting a championship again.

Connie Winston (Minnesota)

Hi Seimone, I really enjoy working out in order to keep in good shape both physically and mentally. What types of things do you do to keep in shape for the games and for what do you do to keep in shape mentally; ex: read, take time for yourself etc. Thank you!

Seimone Augustus
  (3:36 PM)

I'm a P90X person. I go through the DVDs. I don't get through the entire thing, but I'll pick some of the workouts for abs and core and the resistance. It keeps my body fit. I also hit the cold tubs. It helps my muscles recover faster.

Alex (St. Paul)

Can you hear the actual cheers from the crowd, like "Seimone is in the Zone," when you are playing?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:37 PM)

Of course! We always say the Target Center is rocking. Sometimes we catch ourselves singing along with the fans on the bench. It's fun to see the crowd trying to get the wave going around. We can hear them, but you're locked into the game as well.

Diane (St.Paul)

Your shooting has gotten more consistent and your defence more dangerous in the past month. Is this the result of you Olympic experience, specific practice work or just you hitting you stride for the run-up to the playoffs?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:39 PM)

With the shots, it's just a matter of getting into the gym and get repititions. I was able to do that with the Olympic break. Defensively, before the break, I was still dealing with an injury. But during the Olympics, I got into my defensive flow. I got some advice about angles to take on the defensive end. That helped as well.

Craig (Braintree MA)

What are some of the differences in this years team from last years team?

Seimone Augustus
  (3:40 PM)

We have the same team with the same energy, just hungrier. We basically have the same chemistry, the same bond. We know the things we can accomplish as a unit.

Seimone Augustus
  (3:40 PM)

Thank you for your support. Much appreciated. Check out the game tonight on ESPN2 against Seattle!