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One more adventure with #LaFamilia

08-08-2021
One more adventure with #LaFamilia
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended too soon for the Spanish Basketball National Team: a bad finish of the game against Slovenia during the group stage condamned Scariolo's men to face US Basketball team in the quarter finals.

This journey has seen the qualifying windows, the pre Olympics gathering, Juancho Hernangómez's injury... and after the Olympics two icons say goodbye: Pau and Marc Gasol. After 20 years with the National Squad full of success, championships, and trophies, they announced they move on for good. It has been an enormous pleasure to share so many great moments. Two role models on and off the court.

After so many years competing at the highest level, with the 2019's World Championship still fresh, this generation gives way to a new Family. Which is as a matter of fact the same Family: determination, effort, fight, thrill and high skills. New spirits and well known names: Juancho, Ricky, Willy, Usman, Alberto, Alex, Xabi, Pierre... who are already the National Team's current face.

We got to Tokyo as one of the contenders, with great expectation, due to these 13 podiums from the past 20 years: 5 gold medals (Japan 2006 and China 2019's World Championships, Poland 2009, Lithuania 2011 and France 2015's European Championships), 4 silver medals (2008's Beijing Olympics and 2012's London Olympics, Sweden 2003 and Spain 2007's European Championships), and 4 bronze medals (European Championships from Turkey 2001, Slovenia 2013 and again Slovenia 2017, Rio's 2016 Olympic Games).

We leave Tokyo happy for competing again at the max level, after another unforgettable experience, with the only regret of not having been able to make it to the podium, which we would have reached with just a little bit more luck.

We must congratulate all athletes at Tokyo 2020, the ones who fulfilled their objectives, the ones who have belonged to the Olympic family, and the ones who believe in sports as a tool for a better world.

Ever onward!