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Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant played a vital role on the United States roster dubbed the 'Redeem Team', as they headed into Beijing 2008 aiming to make amends for the shame of being eliminated in the Semi-Finals four years previously.

This they achieved in style, easing through the group phase and then brushing aside Australia and Argentina, before edging out Spain in the Final.

A Bryant-led Team USA then successfully defended their crown at London 2012, defeating Spain 107-100 in the second-closest winning margin in Olympic Games history.

Bryant, whose parents named him after the Kobe beef steak they had seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth. also boasts a trophy-laden NBA career.

He was selected 13th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers where he played his entire 20-year career, an NBA record.

Bryant won five NBA Championships - in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010, is the league's number three all-time scorer and was named the NBA’s MVP in 2008.

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