There's no doubt that the introduction of flashy basketball pros to the American Olympic efforts has helped raise the profile of the sport on a global level. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the former Soviet Union. Their teams are ranked among the best in the world and (more importantly) their cheerleaders among the hottest.
Check out these photos of the Red Army cheerleaders. They have been called the best cheer team in Russia. Since we cannot fly off to Russia to see them in action, these photos are the next best thing to being there. See for yourself.