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Ilona Korstine, Russian Basketball Beauty

8. June 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

One of the most famous and well-recognized women's basketball players in Europe is Ilona Korstin, who just celebrated her 30th birthday on May 30th. She was born in Leningrad, Russia and various sports were introduced to her at an early age. She excelled in gymnastics, tennis, and swimming, but once she noticed that she was much taller than the other girls, she realized that basketball would become her specialty.

 

At age 16 she played for St. Petersburg's Force Majeure but the team couldn't afford to continue. Just one year later she made the difficult decision to move to France to play for CJM Bourges, immersing herself in a brand new language and culture. She quickly became a champion and while France begged her to play for their national team, Ilona was devoted to her home country and helped Team Russia win bronze medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

 

For a short time in her extensive career, Ilona played in the U.S. for the WNBA team the Phoenix Mercury. When she returned to Russia, she signed with CSKA Moscow and her talents helped the team win the Superleague-Russian Championship 3 years in a row, the World League 4 times, and the Cup of Russia in 2004, 2006, and 2007. She was chosen as the "Face of Women's Basketball" by the International Basketball Federation.

 

Currently, Ilona plays for Spartak Moscow and helped push them towards victory in the 2010 Euroleague Championship last month. She'll continue to impress fans with her strength, skills, and stunning beauty. Enjoy these photos of the Russian basketball star and if you'd like to see more tall, sexy ladies, check out the stunning statuesque women on RussianLoveMatch.com!