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Montreal (Quebec, Canada), one of the lovely and trendy websites within the Western Hemisphere, hosted the First Girls’s Basketball Olympic Match in 1976. Six nations competed for the gold medal, together with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, and Japan. The worldwide meet was received by the ladies’s nationwide workforce of the Soviet Union (present-day Russia). A barely a 12 months earlier, the Soviet workforce got here in first within the VII International championship in Cali, Colombia (South America) by beating Japan within the gold-medal match. In the meantime, on July 23, 1976, America claimed second place within the multi-sport occasion after shedding to the us (spearheaded by its worldwide star Uljana Semjonova) 112-77, having earned the appropriate to compete within the XXIII Olympiad by successful the First FIBA Girls’s Basketball Olympic Video games Qualification Match at Hamilton (Ontario, Canada). The silver medalists have been Lusia Harris, Cindy Brogdon, Susan Rojcewicz, Ann Meyers, Julienne Simpson, Patricia Head, Mary Anne O’Connor, Patricia Roberts, Gail Marquis, Nancy Lieberman, Charlotte Lewis, and Nancy Dunkle. The US workforce started its pre-Olympic preparation after successful the VI Pan American Cup in Mexico Metropolis in October 1975.
Below the management of Semjonova, the us, host nation, received the Olympic Match at Moscow in 1980, adopted by Bulgaria (silver medal), Yugoslavia (bronze), Hungary (4th), Cuba (fifth) and Italy (sixth). It was the second Olympian win for the us (also called the Soviet Union throughout Chilly Battle). Alternatively, Latvia’s large Uljana Semjonova was essentially the most excellent basketball participant at Moscow ’80. For the subsequent years, the 7-foot-1, 284-pound Semjonova was inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame at Springfield (Maryland), the primary feminine participant from the previous USSR to perform that feat.
Los Angeles 1984
For the primary ever, the US girls’s basketball squad captured the Olympian Championship in Southern California. The Individuals’s Republic of China collected the silver medal. The bronze medal went to the Republic of Korea; East Europe’s groups didn’t participate on the 1984 Olympiad due to Moscow’s boycott. On its option to the Los Angeles Video games, the US workforce – with notable sportswomen corresponding to Janice Lawrence, Cheryl Miller, and Lynette Woodard – received the IX Pan American Sports activities Video games on Venezuelan soil in August 1983. In Venezuela, America defeated Cuba 100-82 (43-38) to win the Pan American gold medal. Just a few weeks in the past, they got here near successful the FIBA World Cup on Brazilian soil.
On October 29, 1988, in South Korea’s capital metropolis of Seoul, the U.S. girls’s workforce took gold within the Olympian occasion, after ending first in the course of the 1984 Video games in Los Angeles (California). Within the finals, they defeated Yugoslavia 77-70 (42-36). Nonetheless, the “most enjoyable recreation” was when America, led by its All-Star participant Teresa Edwards, beat the Soviet Union 102-88 (50-39) on October 27 (semis). The States received the Olympian trophy with the next world-class gamers: Suzanne McConnell, Cynthia Cooper, Jennifer Gillom, Katrina McClaim, Andrea Lloyd, Victoria Bullett, Bridgette Gordon, Teresa Weatherspoon, Anne Donovan, Cynthia Brown, Mary Ethridge, and Miss Edwards. Two years in the past, in 1986, that they had received the worldwide match within the Russian capital of Moscow. Within the latter half of the 20th century, America’s Edwards made historical past when she captured 4 golds within the Summer season Video games from the 1980s to the early 2000s: Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Uljana Semjonova (Latvia), Hortencia Fatima Marcari (Brazil) and Edwards are thought-about essentially the most well-known feminine gamers in Olympian historical past.
Atlanta Video games 1996
A miracle occurred at Atlanta 1996! Regardless of struggling a bloody civil battle, the place over 4 million folks have been slaughtered (and 1000’s of women have been raped), extremely the African republic of Zaire (at the moment the Democratic Republic of the Congo /D.R.C) certified as one of many 12 finest groups of the world within the Video games of the 26th Olympiad within the States, giving an instance to a number of nations within the Third World, from Peru and the Philippines to India and Brunei Darussalam. Indubitably, it was the “most memorable second in Zaire’s sporting historical past.” After receiving assist from Dikembe Mutumbo, a Congolese-born American star participant, the African workforce went to Atlanta. From an Olympian perspective, Zaire’s workforce ought to be inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame.
The 2004 Olympic Match was received by the USA of America adopted by Australia (silver medal), Russia (bronze), Brazil (4th), Czech Republic (fifth), Spain (sixth), Greece (seventh), New Zealand (eighth), the Individuals’s Republic of China (ninth ), Japan ( 10th place), Nigeria (11th) and South Korea (12th). Within the Greek capital of Athens, the States captured its third gold medal for the third time in a row – essentially the most wins of the basketball Olympic match by a girls’s squad. Curiously, Nigeria’s basketball participant Mfon Udoka was the championship’s second finest scorer with 21.7 factors.