2008 vice-presidential candidate, former Alaska governor
Everyone knows the former governor's basketball nickname, Sarah Barracuda. She played point guard in high school and helped her team to win the 1982 state championship. She frequently draws on the sport for metaphors, as in her
2009 resignation speech
: "Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me—sports... basketball. I use it because you're naïve if you don't see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket... and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I'm doing that—keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities—smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it's time to pass the ball—for victory."