Australian Lauren Jackson (41) made her return to competition in April, in the second division of her country, which dreams of a return of Superwoman to the national team, on the occasion of the World Cup in September.
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She was discovered worldwide at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She was very quickly identifiable with her 1.95 m for 85 kg, her square shoulders, her slender body molded in the Opals jersey. She was running, jumping, moving as if she was eight inches shorter. She had accumulated 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Blue, at 19 years old. All with a confidence that bordered on arrogance. “She is full of herself and spends her time insulting others”revealed to us the captain of the France team, Yannick Souvre.
Lauren Jackson was already a star in Australia. She was programmed for this. His father, the same height, had been a member of the national team, and his mother was said to be tough as a bull, could play without complaint with a broken shoulder or nose. “I had planned to compete in the Olympic Games from the age of two. I had told my aunt and I looked forward to this day. It happened and I’m only 19,” she then confided.
At 14, she was selected for the national under-21 team, and at 16 for the A team. A record for precociousness in Australia. His teammate Michelle Timms had assured: “She could be the Michael Jordan that women’s basketball never had. » The ultimate compliment…
Opening picture: FIBA