Just the Facts: 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships
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OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 World Championship Team
FIBA 3x3 RULES: 3x3 Rules of the Game
EVENT SITE: Moscow, Russia
EVENT VENUE: Luzhniki Stadium
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: fiba.com/3x3
COMPETITION DATES: June 5-8, 2014
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: May 30 Ė June 2, 2014
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
USA BASKETBALL 3X3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: USA Basketball will host a national championship tournament for 3x3 athletes with the winning team being named the 2014 USA 3x3 World Championship Team. The 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship Tournament will be held May 9-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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EVENT DESCRIPTION: The second FIBA 3x3 World Championship, an event launched in 2012 and held every other year, is expected to feature 24 men's teams and 24 women's teams. In addition to the menís and womenís 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2014 3x3 World Championship program for the weekend will be skills contests, giving athletes additional chances to win medals.
2014 MENíS TEAMS: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, host Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
2014 WOMENíS TEAMS: Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, host Russia, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay and USA.
EVENT HISTORY: 2014 marks the second edition for the biennial event. At the inaugural 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship, which was held in Athens, Greece, the USA womenís team, featuring Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Ann Strother, captured the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record. France took home the silver and Australia earned the bronze. The USA menís team, featuring Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams finished with a 7-2 record and in seventh place. Earning gold was Serbia, while France collected silver and Ukraine went home with the bronze medal.
In the skills competition, after missing his first few attempts to fly over three kids in the dunk contest, Adesanya pulled out a silver-medal winning dunk; while Diggins claimed silver in the skills challenge.
NOTE: FIBA is not conducting a 3x3 U18 World Championship in 2014, instead the 3x3 event will be held as part of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.