09 March 2007    http://www.cskabasket.ru/news/2007/3/649/

Maria Aleksandrovna Stepanova (Мария Александровна Степанова) was born on February, 23rd, 1979 in Shpakovskoye, and grew up in Tosno, Leningrad Oblast. Height - 202 cm., Weight - 85 kg. The deserved master of sports. The captain of Team Russia. Champion Europe-2003. Finalist of the world championships in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Bronze medal-winner 2004 Olympics. Champion Euroleague-2005. Silver medal in European championship - 2005. Winner of World League 2004 and 2005. The best women's basketball player in Europe-2005/2006. The most valuable player 2004 Olympics. Championship Еurope-2005, member "All stars of Europe" -2006. Repeated champion and the owner of the Cup of Russia. Teams "Force-majeur" (St.-Petersburg), CSKA (Moscow), «Гамбринус» (Brno, Czech Republic), ВБМ-СГАУ (Samara). In the United States, Maria plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). At six foot eight inches tall, she is the second-tallest player in the league (along with Zheng Haixia, Katie Feenstra, and Lindsay Taylor). At 7' 2", only Margo Dydek is taller. Maria wears a size 15 (US) / 48 (EU) shoe.

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