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Elena Delle Donne’s woodworking skills are almost as impressive as her game on the court

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In “some people have all the talent” news, prepare to feel really unaccomplished, thanks to Elena Delle Donne’s latest Instagram post.

The 2015 WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist is, you know, pretty good at the whole basketball thing, but she’s also really good at woodworking. Like, really good. This likely comes as no surprise for anyone who follows her (or her burgeoning business) on social media, but if you aren’t aware of her skills, please cast your eyes on the picture of her most recent table tops below.

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WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD AT EVERYTHING, ELENA?

 

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Sky’s Elena Delle Donne named to All-WNBA First Team

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:

Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has been named to the All-WNBA First Team, the league announced Friday.

WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike topped the list as the only unanimous pick. The Los Angeles Sparks forward received 39 first-place votes and 195 points from the media panel.

New York center Tina Charles was second with 38 first-team votes and 193 points. Guards Maya Moore of Minnesota and Sue Bird of Seattle, and Delle Donne completed the first team.

Ogwumike averaged 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds in the regular season and helped the Sparks reach the WNBA Finals against Minnesota. The teams were tied 1-1 entering Game 3 on Friday night.

Forwards Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta and Breanna Stewart of Seatte were selected to the second team along with guards Diana Taurasi of Phoenix and Jewell Loyd of Seattle, and center Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota.

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original source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/ct-sky-elena-delle-donne-wnba-first-team-20161014-story.html

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Elena Delle Donne’s New Nike Shoes Are Incredibly Fresh

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Elena Delle Donne has taken over the WNBA.

Though the Chicago Sky were recently eliminated from the 2016 WNBA playoffs, Delle Donne had a fantastic campaign. The 6-foot-5 guard/forward averaged 21.5 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

She’s just 27 years old, but Delle Donne’s accolades are piling up fast. She’s a three-time WNBA All-Star. She was the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She’s made the All-WNBA First Team twice. She won the league’s MVP award in 2015. She recently won her first Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Now, Nike is honoring Delle Donne with her own special edition shoe.

The Delle Donne Hyperdunk 2016 is a player exclusive colorway of this year’s Hyperdunk silhouette. The shoe features technology such as Flyknit and a dynamic Zoom Air cushioning system. Delle Donne’s model features a white and Hyper Jade color scheme in a personalized pattern than includes outlines of Delaware (her home state) and phrases such as “Path Less Traveled” and “No Excuses.” The inside sole of the shoe also features a replica of a tattoo Delle Donne has that’s dedicated to her sister Lizzie.

The shoes aren’t yet available for retail, but they’re expected to drop some time before the end of the year.

Get a closer look at these incredibly fresh kicks below:

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Elena Delle Donne’s first retail shoe to make debut in Chicago Sky’s WNBA playoffs

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:

If you happen to catch the Chicago Sky‘s playoff game against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, check out Elena Delle Donne‘s feet. She’ll be wearing her first signature shoe, the Nike Hyperdunk PE, during the nationally televised game at Allstate Arena.

The star forward has been recovering from thumb surgery, which she had Sept. 13, so she’ll likely show off the shoes at the game but not play.

Delle Donne joins a select group of female athletes who endorse shoes available on the market. Many align themselves with brands and wear customized kicks, but most shoes aren’t made for retail. Nike hasn’t settled on a launch date for Delle Donne’s PEs but plans to have the $140 shoes for sale online and at select stores by the end of the year.

As someone who begged her parents to buy her a pair of Sheryl Swoopes’ 1996 Air Swoopes, a first for WNBA players, the debut of her own shoe holds added meaning for Delle Donne.

“I remember just freaking out to my mom and my dad saying I had to get a pair of those shoes. That was the first time I could wear a female’s shoes and that really meant something special to me,” Delle Donne told the Tribune. “And hopefully it will be the same for young girls out there who are out there playing, and even young boys.”

Nike approached Delle Donne last fall, and she worked with a Nike designer on the look. The tongue of the sea-green-like “Hyper Jade” and gray shoe contains raised features, such as the outline of her home state of Delaware, the words “no excuses” and “path less traveled,” and a replica of her tattoo with older sister Lizzie’s name inside angel wings.

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“Lizzie can’t see or hear, so all of our communication has always been through touch,” Delle Donne said. “So a lot of the important parts of the design is something where you can just feel it, almost like Braille.”

 

Original Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chicagoinc/ct-elena-delle-donne-shoe-chicago-inc-spt-0923-20160922-story.html

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