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Has a rookie ever made it to the Olympic women’s basketball team? Why did Caitlin Clark get snubbed?

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The path to the Olympic Games is not an easy one to walk, it is often marked by years of dedication, training, and experience. For many athletes, the chance to represent their country at the Olympics comes after years of professional play and international competition.

However, there have been exceptional talents who have earned their place on the U.S. Olympic team as rookies, demonstrating extraordinary skill and promise from the outset of their careers. As women’s basketball continues to grow in popularity and competitiveness, it is likely that more rookies will have the opportunity to shine on the Olympic stage.

Let’s look at the rookies that did make it to the Olympic squad

These players brought fresh energy, innovation, and a new approach to the game, often pushing seasoned veterans to new heights

Chamique Holdsclaw: Her dominance on the college court did not go unnoticed, and in 2000, she earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. The team ultimately secured a gold medal in Sydney.

Breanna Stewart: Her ascent to the U.S. Olympic team was a natural progression. Her impressive resume and outstanding performance on the court earned her a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team as a rookie. In Rio de Janeiro, Stewart played a crucial role in helping the team secure another gold medal.

A’ja Wilson: In 2021, she was selected to join the U.S. Olympic team as a rookie. In Tokyo, Wilson’s contributions were vital as the U.S. team clinched yet another gold medal.

These are not the only rookies to have been on the Olympic team before: Rebecca Lobo in 1996, Diana Taurasi in 2004, Candace Parker in 2008 also made it to the team.

Caitlin Clark getting snubbed a decision that could hunt the team in Paris

Young players like Clark might be encouraged to gain more experience and develop further before being integrated into the Olympic team. The reality is that she has become the face of the WNBA this year, and her recent performances are worthy of a call. The PG has been getting some “attention” from other players around the league, particularly because of her big profile and talent.

The decision could mean that the team will suffer a significant revenue loss due to TV rights. Clark has been everything the league has been hoping for in a franchise player. She recently signed a contract with Wilson, becoming the first basketball player to have a signature ball since Michael Jordan.

Clark has responded graciously, saying it gives her extra motivation to work toward her Olympic dream in the future. Clark, known for her record-breaking collegiate career, remains a rising star in the WNBA, and her journey continues.

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