By Danielle Elliot
From April to November 2008, Candace Parker’s career skyrocketed. She won her second NCAA National Women’s Basketball Title with the University of Tennessee, was the No. 1 WNBA Draft Pick, won Olympic gold with Team USA in Beijing and earned WNBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors. Then, just as she prepared to play overseas, she found out she was pregnant. What some women might see as a career roadblock, Parker embraced with enthusiasm. Her girly-girl Lailaa, 3, is always by her side and will be in London as Team USA looks to take home the gold.
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