Uljana Semjonova

Class of 1999

  • A dominant force on the international basketball scene
  • Towered above the opposition, both literally and figuratively, as a seven-foot plus stalwart for the Soviet National Team for over two decades
  • Collected some 45 medals in a career which began in 1968
  • Was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, playing for the Soviet Union in both the 1976 and 1980 Games
  • Collection of gold medals also includes 15 from the Soviet National Championships, 11 from the European Championships, and three from the World Championships
  • Never lost a single game playing in international competition during her 18-year career
  • Was voted the most popular athlete in her country 12 times between 1970 and 1985