vineri, 1 iulie 2011

Succes 2011: Maria Paula Silva aka "Magic Paula", one of the greatest basketball players. Member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Maria Paula Gonçalves da Silva, also known as Magic Paula (reference to Magic Johnson) (born March 11, 1962 in Osvaldo Cruz, São Paulo), is a retired Brazilian basketball player.
She is considered one of the greatest players in her country, along with Hortência Marcari and Janeth Arcain. For Brazil women's national basketball team, Paula is the second biggest scorer with 723 points (behind Hortência) and holds the record for caps with 45 games, being in two Olympic Games and six World Championships.
In 2006, Paula became a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Paula begun playing basketball at the age of ten, and in 1974, was invited to join Assis Tênis Clube. One year and a half later, the team folded and Paula went to Jundiaí to play for Colégio Divino Salvador, and a few months later, was drafted for the first time by the national team despite being only fourteen. In 1988, Paula went to play in Spain, but an injured knee and difficulties of adaptation brought her back to Brazil in 1991.
In 1979, she helped her team to a fourth place at the Pan American Games, held in Puerto Rico. In 1983, Paula and the national team improved their previous Pan American performance by winning a bronze medal at the Venezuela games, and, in 1987, went yet one more step further by winning a silver medal at the 1987 Indianapolis Pan Americans.
In 1991, Paula and the Brazilian women's national basketball team won the gold medal at that year's Pan American tournament, held in Cuba, being the player which most impressed Cuban president Fidel Castro.

In 1992, Paula helped her team qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time. Brazil arrived in seventh place at the Barcelona Olympics.
In 1993, Paula went to Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, where she played along with Hortência and won the World Championship for clubs. After discussions with Hortência, Paula returned to Piracicaba.
In 1994, Paula won the women's world basketball championship in Australia, making Brazil only country other than the Soviet Union or the United States to win the title (Australia became the fourth in 2006). In 1996, she won a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics, and retired from the national team after winning the 1997 FIBA Americas Championship for Women. She still played for clubs before retiring in 2000.

After retirement, Paula became an entrepreneur, director of the Centro Olímpico do Ibirapuera, and worked for a while in the Brazilian Ministry of Sports.

10 comentarii:

  1. Salut din nou
    Am o problema...La mine in oras nu mai au cupoane.
    Daca poti sau sti pe cineva care mi-ar putea trimite 2 cupoane. Pot sa dau banii prin posta


  2. PS. Am nevoie urgent pana pe 7 iulie

  3. salut! la mine in oras nu mai exista de aproape 2 ani cupoane,eu le-am cumparat pe ultimele 12. schimba 2$ in loc de si precizeaza in PS-ul scrisorii ca nu ai gasit timbre/IRC. unde trimiti, poate te pot ajuta cu o adresa de email si atunci e mai simplu. ti-au trimis autogaf de la Alice Cooper/Scorpions?

  4. Ok, dar in cazul asta am nevoie de 2£ pentru ca eu trimit in UK la O2 Academy Birmingham. Le-am trimis un mail si au spus ca pot sa o inmaneze. Apropo, pe SAE pun vreo adresa de returnare ?

    Si, nu :( nu am primit de la scorpions. La Alice Cooper am fost la concert si am uitat de autograf :))

  5. sterline nu stiu daca gasesti, iar daca trimiti $ sunt toate ansele sa-ti trimita banii inapoi cu autograful :) ceea ce nu-i chiar rau. gestul conteaza :)pe SAE (self-addressed envelope) scrii adresa unde vrei sa-ti ajunga plicul. bafta!

  6. Ok,am luat 2 dolari...
    Tu deobicei scrii doar adresa ta ?

  7. da, la destinatar scriu doar adresa unde vreau sa-mi ajunga plicul. sunt oarecum nedumerit ca intrebi asta :), nu inteleg ce adresa as mai putea scrie pe plicul care imi e autoadresat (la expeditor nu am ce sa scriu pentru ca nu stiu de unde mi se va trimite plicul)...

    pe Slash il vrei de la O2?

  8. mai e ceva: fanii Guns N'Roses se recunosc intre ei :))