Basketball player Yelena Leuchanka, “I want to be weak”
When basketball appeared in my life. I suddenly found an environment where I felt confident for the first time. I simply succeeded at once. On the court I was respected and valued as a player. And this feeling started growing as wings or love.
Off the Court with Yelena Leuchanka
Dream center Yelena Leuchanka was recently featured in JEZEBEL Magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful Atlantans” edition. But it wasn’t always that easy for Leuchanka, who struggled with her height and build as a teenager. Find out in her own words, how Leuchanka found confidence through basketball and why she thinks it’s important to define herself as more than just an athlete.
The Road to Success
She grew up in the shadow of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster and into an “awkward” teen – the tallest in her class. Today, now stunning and poised, the 6’5” center for the WNBA Atlanta Dream, Yelena Leuchanka knows much about perseverance and overcoming the odds.