BallinEurope doesn’t even have to wait for the gold medal game on the women’s side of Olympic basketball to offer congratulations to Team France, who, in reaching the semifinal round, automatically topped their best-ever finish in Olympic play. An upset of Russia yesterday earned them a date with the USA tomorrow night, but the philosophical implications might even be bigger: Said coach Pierre Vincent while channeling Rene Descartes, “We only exist when we win, and we won.”

French dance into Olympic women’s hoop final (via AFP)

As the last seconds ticked away in France’s 81-64 victory over Russia to reach the Olympic women’s basketball final, French captain Celine Dumerc began dancing as she dribbled the ball on court. Unable to contain her joy, she sat the ball upon the court and joined her teammates in a group hug, everyone…

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