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U.S. women out to regain title

After third-place finish in '06, Americans hope to recapture world championship crown

Originally Published: September 22, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

The initial reaction from Team USA four years ago after losing to Russia in the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship for Women? Disbelief. The Americans had been on a very long winning streak, and now it had ended unexpectedly in Brazil.

Team USA had taken bronze medals in the 1992 Olympics and '94 world championship, prompting a recommitment from USA Basketball. Hence the year-long traveling team buildup to the '96 Summer Olympics, a watershed event for women's basketball ...

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