American Page to fulfill Serbian Olympic dream

Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:35am EDT
 
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE, (Reuters) - A journey woman in European club basketball for most of her career, American-born Danielle Page will fulfill a childhood dream by playing in the 2016 Olympics for Serbia.

The 28-year old from Colorado Springs, granted Serbian citizenship in March, will represent her adopted country at next year’s games in Rio de Janeiro after helping the Balkan nation win their maiden European championship on Sunday.

“Every little girl dreams of going to the Olympics but it didn’t look realistic to me until recently,” a delighted Page, draped in a Serbian flag after the team received a royal homecoming from 15,000 fans in front of the Belgrade city hall on Monday, told Reuters.

“The girls told me the reception would be great but I never imagined it would be anything like this.

“The support this team got from the country is overwhelming and it just shows how much the fans value basketball.”

Serbian supporters lit up the sky with flares and fireworks as their team, who had never previously won a medal in women’s basketball as an independent nation, paraded the trophy.

A versatile and athletic player, Page was one of Serbia’s top performers in the tournament and she produced impressive skills in a 76-68 win over hot favorites France in the final.

Having moved to Europe after one season with WNBA outfit Connecticut Sun, Page played in Bulgaria, Israel and Hungary before settling in France in 2011.   Continued...