DREAMS AND DUNKS: The magic of Basketball

At London 2012, U.S. Olympic Basketball hegemony will be put to the test once again in one the most popular sports in the world

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Dwayne Wade (number 9) won the gold medal in Beijing 2008  (Photo: Photo: ©Getty Images/Jed Jacobsohn)
Dwayne Wade (number 9) won the gold medal in Beijing 2008 (Photo: Photo: ©Getty Images/Jed Jacobsohn)

A millimetric assist, a slam dunk, a buzzer-beater, an alley-oop, an unimaginable shot... The Basketball passion is part of the daily lives of millions of fans all over the globe, but only every four years the dream comes true: the Olympic gold medal. For one specific country, however, with its uncountable stars in the Basketball court, that means more than a challenge. It is show time. Not even the sky is the limit.

Men’s Basketball has featured at 17 editions of the Olympic Games. The U.S. participated in 16 of them. In turn, there have been nine women’s Basketball editions. North-American women’s Basketball players were champions in six of them. The last time they did not climb the podium was in Barcelona 1992. They earned a bronze medal.

This week Rio 2016™ is paying homage to one of the most popular sports in the globe. On the first day, the highlight is U.S. Basketball hegemony.  Guard Jason Kidd, the Basketball champion at Beijing 2008 and one of the greatest figures in the history of Basketball, says what it feels like to climb the top of the podium and speaks about the new generation of stars who will defend their titles at London 2012.

On the second day, Spanish forward Pau Gasol tells in an exclusive interview about his expectation for the rematch at the Olympic final. He is the current European champion with his team and the second in the world ranking. As he anticipates the trajectory of Rio 2016™, he looks at the power of transformation of social issues and sport brought about by the first edition of the Olympic Games in South America.

Afterwards, the Secretary-General of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Patrick Baumann, examines, in an exclusive interview, the projects and the future of the sport until Rio 2016™ and beyond.

Lastly, the Basketball fan will learn more about Paralympic Basketball, competed by giants in wheelchairs.

Check out the articles:

Monday, 30 April

Show time: U.S. Olympic Basketball hegemony

Tuesday, 1 May

Pau Gasol and Spain: the new challenge of European champions

Wednesday, 2 May

Passion and strategic vision: the ideas of Patrick Baumann

Thursday, 3 May

Basketball at the Paralympic Games: giants in wheelchairs

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