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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Uljana Semjonova, Latvia From Uljana Semjonova's impact on the women's international basketball scene may be modest when compared to the impact she had in her native Latvia. From 1970 to 1985, Semjonova was voted the most popular athlete in her country 12 times. Considering that in the same 15-year span, Sports Illustrated never had a repeat Sportsman of the Year, Uljana Semjonova brings impeccable credentials to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Several years ago, Semjonova, the first woman international player in the Hall of Fame, told the Seattle Times that back in her homeland, "I sign so many autographs, my hand hurts." Semjonova's credentials include a remarkable 18-year career in which she never lost a single game playing in international basketball. Few athletes have so completely and thoroughly dominated their individual sport like the seven-foot Semjonova.

Her career began in 1968, and over the next two decades, she compiled some 45 medals, including 15 gold medals from the Soviet National Championships, 11 gold medals from the highly competitive European Championships and three gold medals from the World Championships. In the short history of women's Olympic basketball, Semjonova earned two gold medals playing for the Soviet Union in the 1976 and 1980 Games. Interestingly, it was Semjonova who almost single-handedly defeated the U.S. and fellow Hall of Famers Lusia Harris-Stewart and Ann Meyers in the 1976 Olympic championship game. Seventeen years later, the trio all became members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Ульяна Ларионовна Семенова Profile

Name: Uljana Larionovna Semjonova
Nickname: N/A
Born: March 09, 1952
Status: Retired
Origin: Medumi, Daugavpils, Latvia
Height: 7-0/2,13m
Weight: ??
Schools: N/A
Drafted: Undrafted
Languages: English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): USSR National Team, TTT Daugawa, Riga Latvia (USSR), Tintoretto (Spain), Valenciennes Orchies (France)
Ibn Notes: Uljana Semjonova is one of the strongest competitors in international basketball history, men's or women's. Standing 7' tall, she crushed competitors for nearly two decades. In 18 years of professional competition, Semjonova never lost a single game of international competition!  Uljana, using her imposing size, left-handed hook shot and great shooting touch, led her teams to 2 gold medals in the Olympics (1976 and 1980), the European Cup Championships 10 times (1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985), the Champion of European Clubs' Cups over a dozen times (1968 to 1979, 1981, 1982 1983, 1987), and the World Championships 3 times (1971, 1975, 1983). All in all, Semjonova has collected some 45 medals in a career which began in 1968. An obvious giant in her sport, Semjonova was also a hero in her home country Latvia; Uljana was voted most popular athlete 12 times from the years 1970 to 1985.  Few players have dominated their sports like Semjonova and the basketball Hall-of-Fame recognized this as they inducted her in 1993, making Semjonova the first non-us woman inducted.  Just six years later, in 1999, Uljana Semjonova was included in the inaugural induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. -Matt Blair & Ibn Staff
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