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Russia: USA's Hammon Leads Russia to Basketball Semis

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, North America, Russia, U.S.A., Citizen Media, International Relations, Sport, Olympics, RuNet Echo

Twitter user @zhenya_jane wrote [1] on the U.S. native Becky Hammon [2]‘s contribution to #London2012 [3]: “She's 35 years old, 168 cm tall. Becky Hammon is in the starting lineup of the Russian national basketball team. Thought they wouldn't take her.” In 2008, Hammon faced ridicule from Americans when she gained Russian citizenship in the hope of playing on the international stage. Today she led her team in scoring (19 points, 5 assists) as Russia defeated [4] Turkey (66-63) in a quarterfinal match. Team USA and Russia could meet in the final if Russia defeats France and if Team USA defeats Australia in the semis. Hammon's Facebook fan page is here [5].