London 2012


from July 27 to August 12




About the sport

Invented in the United States by the Canadian physical education teacher, James Naismith, of the YMCA, basketball was invented as a sport that could be played indoors during the winter. In the 1928 and 1932 games it was presented as an exhibition, becoming official in 1936. The female version first came to the Olympics in 1976, and professional athletes were only allowed to compete starting in the 1992 Games, when the famous American “Dream Team” took the gold medal.

Basketball is practiced by two teams of five players and the objective is to get the ball in a basket, placed on a backboard that can be used to help the movement of the ball. Originally, the basket was a literal basket used during harvest of peaches and the backboard was used to keep the ball from hitting spectators.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Kobe BryantKobe BryantCountry:USA

One of the greatest scorers in NBA history and included in the list of greatest players in history, the 33 years old athlete stands out among "Dream Team" fellows.

Lauren JacksonLauren JacksonCountry: Australia

In London, the best player in the American basketball league will try to overcome the United States team, in wich she lost the last three Olympic finals.

Michael JordanMichael JordanCountry: USA

Considered one of the best basketball players of all time, he was one of the stars of the Barcelona 1992 Dream Team.

Lisa LeslieLisa LeslieCountry: USA

Lisa Leslie was four-time Olympic Champion, winning gold in the last four Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

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