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Just the Facts: Olympic Women's Basketball

  • Date:
    Jan 1, 2021

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: Games of the XXXII Olympiad
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2020 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team
EVENT SITE: Tokyo, Japan
EVENT VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: Tokyo2020.org
 
COMPETITION DATES:

July 23-August 8, 2021

Group Phase: July 27-Aug. 3; Quarterfinals: Aug. 5; Semifinals: Aug. 7; Bronze Medal Game: Aug. 8; Gold Medal Game: Aug. 9.

USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: July TBA, 2021
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: TBA
EVENT DESCRIPTION:  First held in 1976 and conducted every four years, the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Summer Games will be held July 23-August 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. 
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes must be U.S. citizens.
USA NATIONAL TEAM POOL
36-member USA National Team pool
2021 QUALIFIED TEAMS (12): In addition to host Japan and defending FIBA World Cup gold medalist USA, nations qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics women's basketball competition include Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Korea and Spain.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS:

Group A: Canada, Serbia, South Korea, Spain
Group B: France, Japan, Nigeria, USA
Group C: Australia, Belgium, China, Puerto Rico

U.S. OLYMPIC HISTORY:

Owning a 66-03 overall win-loss record and riding a 49-game Olympic winning streak, the USA in 2021 will look to claim a seventh-straight Olympic gold medal. That feat has been accomplished by only one other traditional team sport in history: the USA men won seven-consecutive Olympic basketball gold medals from 1972-1968. In all, the USA women have earned eight gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in the 10 Olympic women's basketball competitions in which the U.S. has competed.

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE:

The USA boasts the most decorated women's basketball players in the history of the Olympic Games, including five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, who claimed four gold medals and one bronze medal during her storied career. Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi claimed four Olympic golds apiece, with Bird and Taurasi hoping to earn a fifth this summer in Tokyo. Additionally, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, both of whom are current members of the USA National Team, as well as Anne Donovan, Katrina McClain, Katie Smith, current USA head coach Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes competed in three Olympic Games apiece.

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