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Karolina Elhotova: Don't Count Czechs Out

08 July 2009

Karolina Elhotova is enjoying her second U18 European Championship Women.

Having won bronze last year in Slovakia, the 17-year-old small forward has high ambitions in Södertälje.

The Czechs have won three of their five games so far in the tournament.

"This tournament is not over yet," said Karolina to FIBA Europe. "There's still some way to go and we all want to do our best and hopefully, go as far as possible.

"Last year it was great.

"It was a wonderful experience and to win the bronze medal was all the more rewarding."

The team has changed since then.

"We only have four players that were in the team last year," said Karolina. "We are a younger side and although we do not have any star players, we do have a strong team."

Karolina has big shoes to follow in older sister and Czech Republic international Katerina Elhotova.

The oldest star of the family has played for three years in the EuroLeague Women with ZVVZ USK Prague, whom she won the Czech league title with this season.

Katerina is also an important member of the country's senior national team and recently played at the EuroBasket Women in Latvia.

"I started playing basketball because of my older sister," said Karolina. "She is my biggest idol.

"We play for the same club in Prague and I am very proud of her achievements.

"I hope to follow her footsteps and one day play with her in the senior national team.

"We do play against each other at home but she beats me on a one-on-one!"

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