The U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team has been announced, and un-shockingly, it features three members of the Seattle Storm.
Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, and Breanna Stewart join the team.
In what could be her last Olympics, Bird will be competing in her fifth Olympics. She’ll be sharing the honor with Diana Taurasi, as the two enter the twilight of their careers and are basketball royalty wherever they step.
There was some uncertainty if Bird would make the team this season, but she’s in and will look to obtain her fifth Olympic gold medal and ninth overall.
This season for the Storm, Bird’s averaging 11.4 points, her most since the 2016 season.
For Loyd, she’ll be making her Olympic debut. Although she does have experience representing the red, white, and blue. She’s won gold at the U17 World Championship (2010 France), World Championship (2014 Moscow), and World Cup (2018 Spain).
On the season, she’s averaging a career-high 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.
Stewart was named to her second Olympic team and that’s not a surprise. She’s a former WNBA MVP (2018) and two-time Finals MVP (2018, 2020). Stewart is one of the most elite players in the game and at the rate she’s at, will become one of the best WNBA, collegiate, and international players ever.
Stewart was on the 2016 Rio team and also received gold at the World Championships in Turkey and Spain.
Being in the mix for a second regular-season MVP isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Stewart either. She’s averaging 21.1 points and a career-high 10.1 rebounds.