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Caitlin Clark left off USA Basketball team for Paris Olympics

FILE–Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Caitlin Clark will not go to the Paris Olympics, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person, who provided the full list to The Associated Press, spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

The decision was first reported by The Athletic.

Clark has some international experience with USA Basketball at a younger level, but was unable to attend the national training camp in Cleveland after she was invited because she was leading Iowa to the Final Four. Clark finished her career as the NCAA Division I all-time scoring leader.

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Clark, now a rookie for the Indiana Fever, has attracted millions of new fans to women’s basketball during her college career and also in her young WNBA career.

While Clark will not travel to Paris, the United States is expected to take five-time gold medalist Diana Taurasi to her sixth Olympic Games. Taurasi will be joined by her Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner.

This will be Griner’s first time playing internationally since she was detained in a Russian prison for 10 months in 2022. She said she will only play abroad with USA Basketball.

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The pair will be joined by Olympic veterans Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, Napheesa Collier, Jewell Loyd and Chelsea Gray. Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, who helped the United States win the inaugural 3×3 gold medal at the Tokyo Games in 2021, will also be on the team.

A group of first-time Olympians will be on the team with Alyssa Thomas, Sabrina Ionescu and Kahleah Copper. All three played on the American team that won the World Cup in Australia in 2022.

American women have won every gold medal in women’s basketball since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Taurasi, who will turn 42 before the Paris Games begin, will break the record for most Olympic Games played in the sport of basketball. Five players, including former teammate Sue Bird, have competed in five.

The American team will meet for a few days of training in Phoenix in July. He will then travel to London for an exhibition match against Germany before traveling to France.

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The Americans will play Japan, Belgium and Germany in the Olympic pool.



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