Two times Olympian and most capped female in women’s basketball
A former Spanish basketball player, Amaya Valdemoro won three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) championships. These were with the Houston Comets. She also one a EuroLeague championship, eight Spanish leagues, and a Russian Premier League. She was nominated as the Russian League Player of the Year in 2006.
Amaya Valdemoro took part in two Olympics, the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She went on to win a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championship in 2010, as well as five medals in the women’s EuroBasket. One of these, in 2013, was gold.
Amaya Valdemoro made her debut in the Spanish league, aged sixteen, in 1992. She went on to help her team win the 1992-1993 EuroLeague. The next season saw her team runners up. Joining Pool Getafe, she managed to help her club win league and title cups in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, Amaya Valdemoro and Pool Getafe placed as runner ups in the 1993 EuroLeague.
Joining the Huston Comments, she went on to win three consecutive championships. These were in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Returning home to Spain, she joined Ros Casares. The team won two leagues and three cup titles. In 2004, she spent a brief time with Unimed/Americana, a Brazilian Team.
The period 2005 – 2008 saw Amaya Valdemoro playing basketball in Russia. She spent three seasons in the Russian Premier League. Her first Russian team was BC Volgaburmash, after which she joined CSKA Moscow. Her time in Russia saw her win one league and three cups.
Upon her return to Ros Casares in Spain, The team won back-to-back league and cup titles in 2009 and 2010. They were also the EuroLeague runners-up in the 2009-2010 championship. After this, she spent two seasons playing for Rivas Ecopolis. The club won the 2011 Spanish cup and the EuroLeague Final.
She retired from the national team in 2013.
These days Amaya Valdemoro is a commentator on the EuroLeague for ACB and a commentator on the Elegidos programme of Canal+.
Amaya Valdemoro was a member of the senior Spanish basketball team for a total of 18 years. She is the most capped player in the sport and has participated in two Olympics, four World Championships, and eight European Championships.
As a speaker, Amaya Valdemoro uses real-life experiences to talk about various aspects relating to motivation, leadership, teamwork, women in sports, and overcoming adversity. She lives in Spain and presents in English and Spanish.