WNBA players warm to concept of 3-on-3 at Olympics

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Recently, the International Olympic Committee announced that a new competition will be coming to the Games just in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo—three-on-three basketball.

If early signs are any indication, it looks as if a couple of WNBA players are open to the idea of competing in them in a few years.

Sure, I’d love to do it.

–Breanna Stewart

She competed on her first Olympics team last year during the Rio Olympics and won a gold medal.

The 2012 USA Basketball 3×3 team won gold at that year’s World Cup which took place in Athens, Greece. That team featured Bria Hartley, Skylar Diggins, Chiney Ogwumike, and Ann Strother. Hartley, according to this article on ESPN, was also open to the idea.

Definitely, I would play in it again if offered the opportunity.


–Bria Hartley

The victory was in come from behind fashion as Team USA defeated France by a final score of 17-16.

The 2014 team, which featured Jewell Loyd, Tiffany Mitchell, Sara Hammond and Cierra Burdick, repeated the feat of the 2012 team and also went a perfect 9-0 en route to gold. That team’s win to claim gold that year was over Russia—a 15-8 decision.

Last year’s team in China managed a bronze medal and 5-2 in that year’s competition. That season’s roster included Linnae Harper (Ohio State), Alexis Jennings (South Carolina), Natalie Romeo (Washington), and Chatrice White (Florida State).

(Original Story: ESPN)

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