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Hot Russian Woman Wins WNBA Championship

20. September 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Born in Leningrad in 1980, Svetlana Abrosimova began training for the Soviet Olympic team in high school. She quickly excelled in the sport and was named MVP of the 1996 European Basketball Championship. This Ruskie continued winning titles as a University of Connecticut Husky before she was drafted into the WNBA in 2001.


After playing for the Minnesota Lynx and the Connecticut Sun, she finally achieved her dream of winning a WNBA title with the Seattle Storm. At the start of the final series, she was surprised to learn that no Russian woman had ever become an NBA champion, which made her want it even more.



“I was playing not only for Seattle but for Russia also. I think it is a great achievement for our country. The support from the native country helped me a lot. I received many congratulations after the victory in the final.”




Now Svetlana rejoins Team Russia for the 2010 World Championship in the Czech Republic. The Soviet Union won their sixth gold medal in 1983, but has been waiting for similar success since. In the last three tournaments, the Russian team advanced to the finals only to settle for second place. These Russian women athletes are expected to play hard to break the golden curse. Their first battle is against Japan on Thursday.