Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson pauses WNBA for 2012 Olympics

09:09, April 28, 2011      

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The world's best female basketball player, Lauren Jackson, from Australia on Wednesday said she will miss the first half of the 2012 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) season to concentrate on winning an Olympic gold medal for Australia next year

Jackson said she had reached an arrangement with Seattle Storm basketball club, which would allow her to spend May, June and July 2012 in Australia preparing for the Olympic tournament.

Jackson said she was excited about having Australia's games preparation as "my only priority and commitment" in early 2012.

"The one thing I really haven't done in my career is get a gold medal at the Olympic Games. It may be my last opportunity," the 29-year-old Jackson told Herald Sun on Wednesday.

The Australian women's team, including Jackson, won an silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China.

Basketball Australia (BA) said it hope the entire Australian team will follow their captain, Jackson's lead, as the national team try to add a first Olympic gold medal to three consecutive silvers.

Jackson will rejoin Seattle Storm after the Olympics, which will take place in London.

Source: Xinhua
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