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Just the Facts: 2016 Olympic Games

  • Date:
    May 20, 2016

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2016 Olympic Games

OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

EVENT SITE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

EVENT VENUE: Barra Carioca Arena 1



BASKETBALL SCHEDULE:  2016 Olympic Game Schedule

USA BASKETBALL SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY VERIZON SCHEDULE:  USA vs Argentina (July 22, Las Vegas, Nevada); USA vs China (July 24, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California); USA vs China (July 26, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California); USA vs Venezuela (July 29, United Center, Chicago, Illinois); USA vs Nigeria (August 1, Toyota Center, Houston Texas).


USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITES:  July 18-22, Mendenhall Center, UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada; July 23-25, Los Angeles, California; July 27-28, Chicago, Illinois; July 30-31, Houston, Texas.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Held every four years, the Olympic Games is a multi-sport competition organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the modern Olympic Games were launched in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

Men’s basketball was added to the sports program in 1936 and since then, only four countries have captured Olympic gold, led by the USA (1936-1968, 1976, 1984, 1992-2000, 2008-12), the former Soviet Union (1972, 1988), Yugoslavia (1980) and Argentina (2004). The USA’s streak of seven-straight gold medals won from 1936 through 1968 is the record for consecutive gold medals won in traditional team sports. Overall, U.S. men's teams have compiled an incredible 130-5 record in Olympic basketball play.

ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens.

2016 MEN’S TEAMS (12): In addition to host Brazil and the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, earning slots in the 2016 Olympic Games men’s basketball competition are seven top finishers from each of the five 2015 FIBA zone qualifiers. Joining FIBA Africa gold medalist Nigeria in Rio will be Venezuela (gold medalist) and Argentina (silver medalist) from FIBA Americas; FIBA Asia gold medalist China; Spain (gold medalist) and Lithuania (silver medalist) from FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania gold medalist Australia.

FIBA in 2016 will host three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQT), from which the remaining three nations will earn a berth to the Olympics.  A total of 18 nations, six teams in each tournament, will compete for the right to advance to Rio. Turin, Italy will host one OQT from July 4-10 and the field features Croatia, Greece, Iran, Italy, Mexico, and Tunisia. Belgrade, Serbia, will host the second OQT from July 4-10 and includes hopefuls Angola, Czech Republic, Latvia, Japan, Puerto Rico and Serbia. The third and final FIBAOlympic Qualifying Tournament will be held in Manila, Philippines, July 5-11, and countries competing there include Canada, France, New Zealand, Philippines, Senegal, and Turkey. The gold medalist from each of the three FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will punch its ticket to the 2016 Olympic men’s basketball tournament.

PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: Two groups of six teams each.
GROUP A:  Australia, China, USA, Venezuela, OQT #1, OQT #2
GROUP B:  Argentina, Brazil, Lithuania, Nigeria, Spain, OQT #3
(NOTE: FIBA will host three separate Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQT) from July 4-11. A total of 18 nations, six teams in each tournament, and the gold medalist from each of the three FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will qualify for the 2016 Olympic men’s basketball tournament. The teams qualified through the OQTs will be drawn into the Olympic Basketball Tournament's three vacant positions following the conclusion of the last game in Manila on July 10.).

EVENT HISTORY: USA Basketball men’s teams have participated in 17 prior Olympic Games since the sport was introduced to the program in 1936. Since then the USA men have compiled an impressive 130-5 record and medaled in every Olympics in which they have competed, capturing a record 14 gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. 

Since the historic 1992 Dream Team, the USA has captured five of six Olympic gold medals, and enters Rio as two-time defending Olympic champion. 

USA OLYMPIC GAMES TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: The USA Basketball all-time roster of Olympians is a who’s who of the game, and includes Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Charles Barkley (1992, 1996); Walter Bellamy (1960); Larry Bird (1992); Bill Bradley (1964); Larry Brown (1964); Adrian Dantley (1976); Clyde Drexler (1992); Patrick Ewing (1984, 1992); Spencer Haywood (1968); Magic Johnson (1992); K.C. Jones (1956); Michael Jordan (1984, 1992); Robert Kurland (1948, 1952); Clyde Lovelette (1952); Jerry Lucas (1960); Karl Malone (1992, 1996); Reggie Miller (1996); Alonzo Mourning (2000); Chris Mullin (1984, 1992); Hakeem Olajuwon (1996); Gary Payton (1996, 2000); Scottie Pippen (1992, 1996); Mitch Richmond (1988, 1996); Oscar Robertson (1960); David Robinson (1988, 1992, 1996); Bill Russell (1956); John Stockton (1992, 1996); Isiah Thomas (1980); Jerry West (1960); Jo Jo White (1968); as well as the entire 1960 and 1992 teams.


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