American athlete chooses Russian Olympic team
Under the impression that she would miss out on U.S. selection, Hammon claimed a spot on the Russian basketball team in the 2008 Olympics. She got Russian citizenship earlier in 2008 after signing a four-year contract with CSKA.
Hammon has no Russian roots. On the contrary, she is considered to be 100% American as she comes from the US heartland. The athlete believes her decision is rooted in a classic American ideal – freedom of action.
“I didn't say no to USA Basketball,“ Hammon recently told the Houston Chronicle. ”I don't think people would be as upset if I was playing for Switzerland. God loves Russia just as much as God loves America.”