Picture this: 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne in a bobsled


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne and Nneka Ogwumike have all won a WNBA MVP award, and Angel McCoughtry has often been in the running.
But imagine these elite basketball players in a completely different sport. With the USA Basketball women's national team training camp coinciding with the start of the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea this past weekend, we asked several of the hoops stars which Winter Olympics event they'd most like to do (hypothetically, of course, since their WNBA contracts would ban such potentially dangerous activities).
"I've thought about this: I would love to be a bobsledder," said Delle Donne, Washington's 6-foot-5 forward/guard. "I don't know if I'd fit in the sled. But I want to drive, definitely."
That's fortunate, because the other players who picked bobsled would all strongly prefer not to be the sled's pilot.
"It's like getting on the train in New York," 6-4 Liberty center Charles said. "I never get on the front car or the back car. I like being in the middle."
"I would love to be a bobsledder. I don't know if I'd fit in the sled. But I want to drive, definitely."
Same for Atlanta's 6-1 forward/guard McCoughtry. She, like Los Angeles' 6-2 forward Ogwumike, said she's inspired by the Nigerian women's bobsled team.
But somebody has to be in back and apply the brake when the sled crosses the finish line.
"I'm a team player," Ogwumike said. "I just want to push and jump in."
Technically, the Winter Olympic events are two-man sled, two-woman sled and a four-person sled that has basically always been men. But Delle Donne-Charles-McCoughtry-Ogwumike would make a pretty awesome imaginary four-woman bobsled team.
No players at the camp selected either of the other sledding events, skeleton or luge. "Luge looks like a little too much for me," Atlanta's Layshia Clarendon said.
But consider what the Dream point guard did pick.
"What about the one where they fly? Ski jumping? I'd do that," Clarendon said. "I have no idea how any of these sports work, though. I guess it would hurt if you landed wrong. But the flying part would be fun."
"I would love to get on the skates and hit people."
Las Vegas guard Kelsey Plum might join Clarendon on the big hill.
"I don't know if I'd really do it, but ski jumping looks so cool," Plum said. "I would not be good at it, but those athletes are amazing to watch."
Snowboarding was another popular pick, selected by Minnesota forward Maya Moore, Atlanta post player Elizabeth Williams, Los Angeles guard Chelsea Gray and, of course, Phoenix center Brittney Griner, who had a few "adventures" riding her longboard around campus while at Baylor. (One of them ended in a broken wrist in 2012.)
"For me, it would be snowboard, no question, the halfpipe and big air," Griner said, referencing two of the five snowboard events at these Winter Games. "I have not been snowboarding ... yet. I've done everything else: skateboard, longboard, wakeboard. I haven't surfed or done snowboard. And I don't swim, so I probably won't surf."