|16 April 2010|
Chantal Julien picked the perfect way to sign off as a referee in the EuroLeague Women.
The French official, who is 45 years old, worked last Sunday's Final in Valencia, Spain, between Ros Casares and Spartak Moscow Region.
|Julien witnessed Diana Taurasi and Spartak win their 4th consecutive EuroLeague Women crown from close distance|
Spartak, in front of a record crowd for a Final Four game of 7,800, won their fourth straight title with an 87-80 victory.
"It was a great game to referee considering the context, with the local team Valencia in the final," Julien said on basketfrance.com.
"I felt a great emotion. It's true that it was a beautiful way for my last Final.
"I knew it was my last so I prepared in the best possible way.
"As usual, I gave my best alongside my colleagues."
Petr Sudek of Slovakia and Moritz Reiter of Germany were the other referees.
"I wanted to leave a good memento and to end on a high note," Julien said.
Julien has worked plenty of international games in her long career.
As is the case with any profession, there are ups and downs.
Julien has her favorite memories.
What was the best moment?
"My first Olympic Final in Athens in 2004," she said.
"I was very happy to already be at the Olympics but to referee a Final is something else.
"There have been great moments. The Semi-Final in Beijing in 2008, where I had the pleasant surprise to be named for the Final because usually when you referee a Semi-final, you do not go on to referee the final. I love to referee in big games."
Julien has some words of wisdom for those who aspire to become referees one day.
"My first advice would be to play before refereeing," she said. "That way, you can get to know basketball from a technical standpoint because that would make it easier when you go on to referee."