|03 August 2007|
The Czech Republic are the reigning EuroBasket Women champions, and they captured the silver medal last summer at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.
But this year's Czech U16 team does not feel any pressure to take home silverware froml Latvia.
The Czechs have had great success over the past 11 years throughout the women's field, winning three medals at the U20 level (2002 gold, 2000 silver, 2004 bronze) and U18 level (2000 silver, 1996 and 2002 bronze) and two at the U16 stage (silver in 1997 and 2006). Add to that the 2005 gold and 2003 silver at the senior level.
And in Valmiera, Richard Fousek's team have posted a 4-2 overall record on their way to the semi-finals against three-time reigning champions Spain.
In the latest installment of 24 Seconds, David Hein talked to Czech center Gabriela Medunová on behalf of FIBA Europe about the team's chances now that they have returned to the U16 semi-finals and have a re-match of last summer's final against Spain.
FIBA Europe: After the success of the senior team and last summer's finalist appearance, does the team face any pressure this year?
Medunová: I don't think we have any pressure. But I do think we can win at least a medal.
FIBA Europe: The Czech Republic has had so loads of success over the past decade, what does it mean to do well in a tournament like this?
Medunová: It's not a duty for the team to win anyhting. But it would be really great if we could win a medal for our country.
FIBA Europe: The senior team are reigning EuroBasket Women champions. Do you and your team-mates look at those players as an inspiration at all?
Medunová: The senior team of course is an inspiration for us. But we also want to show that the Czech Republic can win medals at other levels as well.
FIBA Europe: Veronika Petrzelova and Adela Filarova are the only two players back from the 2006 silver medal winning side. How much does their experience help?
Medunová: Of course there is a type of leadersship that the returning players give us. But we are a team and I think the new players are pretty good too. So it really doesn't matter that much.