If historical precedent were all that mattered, Russia would be preparing for their coronation as EuroBasket Women champions in Lodz on Sunday night for the third time in ten years.
It wasn't the smoothest of rides but a rampant Russia finally reached their destination to top the podium and be crowned EuroBasket Women 2011 champions.
When Elena Danilochkina heads back to Russia, don't be surprised if she is afforded the new nickname of golden hand.
Elena Danilochkina travelled to the EuroBasket Women as a member of Russia's national team but there is a pretty good chance she'll leave as the nation's brightest new star.
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