As part of Australia's basketball team, Liz Cambage has her eyes fixed on winning an Olympic gold medal in London.

But while she is there the Opals centre might produce a sporting gem of her own.

A slam dunk has yet to feature in the Olympic women's basketball competition. Indeed it has been produced only twice in the sport's premier female league, the WNBA.

Cambage, the new Australian superstar of the sport who last year graduated from Melbourne to US team Tulsa Shock via the No.2 pick in the WNBA draft, is one of the tallest players in the American competition at 203cm.

And there has been a fan challenge in Oklahoma for the 20-year-old to attempt a dunk - a regular excitement package in the men's game - during WNBA play.

Since Cambage rejoined the Opals' Olympic training camp, national coach Carrie Graf has encouraged her to go for it if she gets the chance in London. "Graffy has been putting a bit of pressure on me to dunk," Cambage said yesterday. "She has been making me do it before training and after training and with the boys' squad."

Cambage stood head and shoulders above a group of excited children at Subiaco Primary School yesterday as she helped fellow Australian Olympic nominees Jamie Dwyer (hockey), Blair Evans (swimming) and Kim Mickle (javelin) promote the Games.

The Opals have claimed silver medals at the past three Olympic Games, losing each time to the mighty Americans. Those results mean little to Cambage, who will be making her first appearance at a Games armed with some inside knowledge of the US game.

"I know a lot about their players now and will try to use that information to stop them in London," she said.

The West Australian

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