Belinda Snell

Belinda Snell won three consecutive silver medals as a member of the Australian women’s basketball team in 2000, 2004 and 2008 before going on to claim a bronze medal in 2012. The Victorian was a key contributor to an Opals unit that emerged as one of Australia’s most successful international teams. In Snell’s first three Olympic tournaments, Australia won seven straight matches to reach the gold medal final, only to lose to arch-rival the United States.

During her fourth campaign in London, Snell will be remembered for hitting a miraculous three point shot from the half way line in the dying second of a crucial preliminary match against France. This forced the game into overtime, giving the Aussies a lifeline to top their pool. But Snell’s magic was not enough and the Aussies lost 74-70, relegating them to second in their pool.

After defeating China in the quarter-final (75-60), they faced the USA earlier than expected for a berth in the gold medal match. As the world number one USA had done in three previous Olympic campaigns, they beat the Australians (86-73) and went on to take gold over the French. Australia faced Russia for the bronze, winning 83-74 to continue the Opals’ strong Olympic record.  

As well as her Olympic success, Snell was an integral member of the Opals when they won the 2006 World Championship, Australia’s first senior world title in the sport. She has also enjoyed a fine club career in Australia and abroad.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminary Round Group B - 03 HT: 39-26 GBR 74 - 58 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 04 HT: 27-28, FT: 65-65 FRA 70 - 74 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 08 HT: 31-18 BRA 67 - 61 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 10 HT: 30-32 RUS 70 - 66 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 14 HT: 35-22 CAN 72 - 63 Win
Quarterfinal - 01 HT: 35-36 CHN 75 - 60 Win
Semifinal - 01 HT: 47-43 USA 73 - 86 Loss
Bronze Medal Game HT: 38-30 RUS 83 - 74 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 12

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - BLR V AUS HT: 28-44 BLR 64-83 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - AUS V BRA HT: 50-29 BRA 80-65 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 29 - AUS V KOR HT: 47-33 KOR 90-62 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 38 - LAT V AUS HT: 38-41 LAT 73-96 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 50 - AUS V RUS HT: 25-37 RUS 75-55 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 38-17 CZE 79-46 Win
Semifinal HT: 34-18 CHN 90-56 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 30-47 USA 65-92 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - AUS V NGR HT: 46-32 NGR 85-73 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - RUS V AUS HT: 33-36 RUS 56-75 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 26 - JPN V AUS HT: 35-56 JPN 78-97 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 41 - AUS V GRE HT: 39-21 GRE 77-40 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 51 - BRA V AUS HT: 35-40 BRA 66-84 Win
Quarterfinals HT: 45-31 NZL 94-55 Win
Semifinals HT: 36-42 BRA 75-88 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 29-26 USA 74-63 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12