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Seimone Augustus lost her composure, she was overcome by her emtions _ not while helping the U.S. women's basketball team win a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
The Baton Rouge-native and former LSU All-American broke down when asked asked at news conference a couple hours afer the game ended about the flooding back home in Louisiana but people still tuning in to watch her play.
"I'm just filled with joy that I was able to do something to make my family and friends and everyone who's been affected by the flooding proud,'' Augustus said.
She dedicated her third Olympic gold medal to Baton Rouge on Saturday night, wiping away tears, apologizing for becoming so emotional while being comforted by coach Geno Auriemma.
Augustus' parents only escaped by boat from the disastrous, flooding across large swaths of southeast Louisiana that has killed at least 13 people and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes, mostly around Baton Rouge. Much of the New Orleans metropolitan area has been spared from the flooding.
For a while, Augustus wasn't sure if the horses on her property had escaped flooding that initially kept the animals from reaching her front yard. The Minnesota Lynx star waited out a few tough hours and only played in the Americans' final game of group play Aug. 14 after learning her parents had gotten out safely.
Augustus scored six points in just over 17 minutes as the U.S. won its sixth consecutive gold medal by beating Spain 101-72.
Augustus, second from left, poses with her gold medal along with teammates. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
At a news conference, Augustus was asked about the flooding and all the people back in Louisiana watching. That's when the former LSU star was overcome to the point of tears.
"Three times to be here, three times is more than enough for me,'' Augustus said. "One time was enough to be there in Beijing was more than enough. But to be here and share this moment with great players, great people, it means a lot. And Baton Rouge, this is for you.''