Aussies face tough semifinal task

Updated: August 9, 2012, 11:07 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Short of somehow being able to protect Penny Taylor from an ACL injury earlier this year, Australian star Lauren Jackson has done everything she can to try to win Olympic basketball gold.

Jackson skipped the first half of the WNBA season with the Seattle Storm to train with her fellow Aussies in preparation for the London Games. She has mentored younger players such as Liz Cambage. She has seemed pinpoint-focused on the one prize left in the sport that she hasn't yet claimed.

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