2014 Men's Youth Olympic Games - Just the Facts
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OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2014 Youth Olympic Games
OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: Nanjing2014.org
EVENT SITE: Nanjing, China
EVENT DATES: Aug. 16-28, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL COMPETITION DATES: Aug. 18-26, 2014
2014 TEAMS: Twenty teams are expected to participate. China is qualified as the host country; as are the top three finishing teams from the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship: Argentina (gold), France (silver) and Russia (bronze); and the top three finishing teams from the 2013 FIBA 3x3 World Tour: Slovenia (gold), Serbia (silver) and Venezuela (bronze). Thirteen additional nations will qualify based on their respective national federation 3x3 ranking.
USA TEAM TRAINING DATES & SITE: TBD
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is a 3-on-3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games is expected to include 20 boys teams and 20 girls teams, as well as a Skills Challenge for girls and Dunk Contest for boys. Each team will be comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.
USA BASKETBALL 3X3 U18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: USA Basketball will host a national championship tournament for 3x3 U18 athletes with the winning team being named the 2014 USA Youth Olympic Games Team. The 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship Tournament will be held May 30 - June 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA BASKETBALL 3X3 U18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING INFORMATION: How does a team qualify to compete for a USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship? Click here to find out.
EVENT HISTORY: 2010 was the inaugual Youth Olympic Games. The event is scheduled to be held every four years (2014, 2018, etc.). The 2010 USA men's team, which featured K.C. Caudill, Angelo Chol, Sterling Gibbs and Brandan Kearney, finished with a 5-2 record and in fourth place after falling to Greece 34-25 in the bronze medal game.