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John Wall wants to play for Team USA in Olympics, now that they are set for 2021

John Wall wants to play for Team USA in Olympics, now that they are set for 2021

The coronavirus shutting down the sports world has produced one small silver lining for Wizards point guard John Wall. He may now have a chance to play in the Olympics for the first time.

Wall joined ESPN's The Undefeated for an interview on Instagram Live on Wednesday and explained how the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics to 2021 has him hoping he can crack the Team USA roster.

Wall has participated in camps for Team USA, but has never represented them on the Olympic stage. In fact, the Wizards/Bullets franchise has never had an active player on the Olympic roster.

"Definitely," Wall told Marc Spears when asked if he was interested.

"When you put that Red, White and Blue on, you're representing your country. It doesn't matter if 'Wall' is on the back or whatever name is on the back, I want to represent my country. I know how much this country means to me and I would definitely love to have an opportunity to play for it."


Wall went on to say those in charge already know he wants to play for Team USA. He said he feels like this is a rare and unique opportunity for him to be involved.

And he thinks he can help the team win it all in Tokyo.

"I feel like I'm the perfect player that can match [the type] of point guard they need. Someone who defends, runs the team; I'm not looking to score or shoot all the time. I just want to get guys involved. There's nothing better than being able to come back with a gold medal. That's something I would love to have on my resume," he said.


Winning a gold media would indeed go a long way for Wall. He is a five-time All-Star with some impressive numbers, but injuries have altered the trajectory of his NBA career.

Winning gold would help bolster his case for the Hall of Fame someday, as all basketball levels are taken into account. Wall's resume would include stardom in college, the NBA and then success at the highest level of international competition. 

Making the cut, however, is no small feat. There are many talented players, especially at the guard position, from the United States.

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T.J. Oshie had no nerves entering shootout with Russia in 2014 Sochi Olympics

T.J. Oshie had no nerves entering shootout with Russia in 2014 Sochi Olympics

As the United States and Russia entered the shootout period of the 2014 Olympic Games preliminary matchup tied 2-2, there was plenty of tension and nerves in Sochi.

T.J. Oshie, who was sent out for the first attempt, had the right to be as nervous as anyone. Skating on to the ice, he had the weight of a nation on his shoulders in a game that carried a history stemming from the Miracle on Ice. Yet, Oshie was as cool as the ground he was on. Rather than thinking about any outside noise, his only focus was on what he was going to do with the puck.

“Just my move. There probably wasn’t a time I was more confident than my first shot. I knew off the hop that I wanted to go five hole and that’s really all I had my mind made up for," Oshie told NHL on NBC during the re-airing of the infamous game on Saturday. "The first shot I was ready to go. I was excited to go out there and shoot first and put us up one.”

Oshie did just that on his first shot, giving the United States early momentum in the shootout. He would once again have his name called upon for the fourth attempt of the period. Though he was no longer setting the tone for the entire period, this is where Oshie more pressure.


It wasn't solely because of the situation, but rather because he didn't want to lose the opportunity to shoot again down the line.

“I was most nervous for my second one because I felt if I missed I wouldn’t be going anymore," Oshie said.

He did miss the shot, but it was not the end for him. Rules allowed the U.S. to send the same player out there for each of the following rounds if they wanted, and head coach Dan Bylsma opted to stick with Oshie.

The rest is history, as in the eighth round Oshie's ability to find the back of the net ended up being the game-winner for the United States.

Despite the circumstances, Oshie never felt too nervous throughout the shootout period. Remaining calm and focusing on what he needed to do with his stick, he helped etch a spot for himself in the most memorable moments the sport of hockey has had to offer.

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Katie Ledecky's Olympic training has drastically changed while social distancing

Katie Ledecky's Olympic training has drastically changed while social distancing

Just about every league and pro sporting event across the globe was negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was not an exception. 

The International Olympic Committee decided to postpone Olympics until 2021, bringing a halt to every athlete's plan to compete at the highest level in their respective sport. 

Washington D.C. native and USA swimming superstar Katie Ledecky was expected to dominate the summer games in the pool. With the 1,500 meter freestyle added to the docket of swimming events in Tokyo, Ledecky had the chance to complete her patented "Ledecky Slam," winning the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter freestyles, on the biggest stage of them all. 

Not only does she have to wait a year to accomplish that goal, but social distancing guidelines have also drastically changed her normal training process.

"I haven't had access to normal facilities, I'm not able to train in the weight room with my trainer and my teammates," Ledecky told Cari Champion on Yahoo Sports' #WeKeepPlaying live stream Saturday. "I've just had to be adaptive to the circumstances and use the resources that I do have.

"I think all the athletes around the world have to take responsibility for their actions and really follow the guidelines, and I'm hopeful that my fellow Olympians around the world are all doing the same thing," she said.

We don't know exactly when the primary pro sports leagues will return to our television screens, though at least for swimmers, they have something to look forward to. Olympic Trials for swimming were announced to be held next June.

"I'm happy that I have something to start shooting for," she said. "But we still have a lot of meets that we want to have between now and then and we want to resume normal training. It's kind of hard right now to plan things out, but we're doing the best that we can right now and you can only control what you can control."

In the meantime, Ledecky can focus on her schoolwork. Still a student at Stanford University, the five-time Olympic gold medal winner is keeping busy with her spring semester classes.