USA Basketball re-elects Colangelo to set-up Rio 2016 hat-trick bid

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Jerry Colangelo London 2012 July 26November 13 - Jerry Colangelo was today re-elected as the chairman of USA Basketball, giving him the opportunity to try to lead the Dream Team to a hat-trick of Olympic titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 72-year-old, former owner of the NBA side Phoenix Suns, had first taken over in 2005 when the United States was still recovering from the shock of failing to win the men's Olympic gold medal for the first time since 1988.

They had been forced to settle for the bronze medal at Athens 2004 after being knocked out in the semi-final by Argentina, who went onto win the gold medal.

But since Colangelo has been at the helm the US have been practically unbeatable.

They have won the last two Olympic gold medals, at Beijing in 2008 and London 2012, and the World Championships in Turkey in 2010, losing just once in 63 matches.

Dream Team celebrate Olympic gold medals at London 2012 August 12The Dream Team celebrated their second consecutive Olympic gold medal at London 2012 since Jerry Colangelo became chairman of USA Basketball

The women, meanwhile, won their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal at London 2012. 

"I'm excited to again serve USA Basketball as chairman for the next four years," said Colangelo after being re-elected.

Besides Rio 2016, the next four years will include the 2014 men's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and women's World Cup in Turkey

"I'm proud of the many successes USA Basketball's coaches and players achieved over the past four years and I'm looking forward to helping keep that momentum going," said Colangelo.

"We were not only successful in competitions, but in the manner in which everyone associated with USA Basketball represented our country on and away from the court.

"We focused on showing the utmost respect for the competitions and for our international opponents."

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz


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