|July 6-18||USA Men’s National Team Training Camp @Mendenhall Center, UNLV|
|July 10|| Nigeria 90, USA 87 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada|
Recap / Box Score / Photo Gallery
|July 10|| Australia 87, Argentina 84 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada|
|July 12||Australia 91, USA 83 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada|
Recap / Box Score / Play-by-Play / Photo Gallery
|July 12|| Nigeria 94, Argentina 71 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada|
USA 108, Argentina 80 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada
Australia 108, Nigeria 69 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada
|July 16, 11:30 a. m. PDT||Australia Women 70, USA Women 67 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada|
USA Men vs Australia (Exhibition) – CANCELLED
USA Women 93, Nigeria 62 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada
USA Men 83, Spain 76 (Exhibition) @Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada
|July 24-August 7||TOKYO OLYMPICS / Men’s Olympic Games Results|
France 83, USA 76
USA 120, Iran 66
USA 119, Czech Republic 84
USA 95, Spain 81
USA 97, Australia 78
Gold Medal Game: USA 87, France 82
USA Basketball Men’s National Team
USA 3×3 Men’s Americup Medal Round Highlights
USA 3×3 Women’s AmeriCup Medal Round Highlights
USA 3×3 Women’s Highlights Nov. 13
USA 3×3 Mens Highlights Nov 12
Freakiest USA Plays of 2021
Thank You, Carol Callan
2020 (2021) USA MNT Recap
Recap: 2020 U.S. Olympic Men on the Road to Gold
Highlights: USA Men Get Back On Track
Highlights: USA Women Face Off Agains Australia In Exhibition
USA Basketball announces Olympic team roster
Kevin Durant heads up the group of 12 players comprising the 2021 U. S. Men’s National Team.
Led by now three-time Olympian Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-member U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.
|Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat|
|Bradley Beal*||Washington Wizards|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets|
|Jerami Grant||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Jrue Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Keldon Johnson**||San Antonio Spurs|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Kevin Love*||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|JaVale McGee**||Denver Nuggets|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics|
* = Bradley Beal and Kevin Love will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics
** = Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee will replace Beal and Love
The USA coaching staff is led by head coach Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) with assistant coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors), Lloyd Pierce and Jay Wright (Villanova University) and Jerry Colangelo serving as the USA Men’s National Team managing director.
“I’m happy for the selected players and looking forward to having the opportunity to work with this wonderful group when practice gets underway on July 6 in Las Vegas,” Popovich said. “I’m excited to represent the United States in our quest to earn a gold medal in Tokyo.”
“USA Basketball selects players to represent our country in international competition with the skills, character, experience, and desire to win,” said retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the USA Basketball Board of Directors.. “We build teams that are versatile and resilient in the short, intense competitions we face. We’re fortunate that this group of elite athletes has volunteered to represent us in Tokyo this summer.”
With his selection to the U.S. Olympic Team, Durant becomes just the fourth United States male basketball player selected to three or more Olympic teams. Carmelo Anthony (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) has represented and medaled for a USA men’s record four Olympics, while LeBron James (2004, 2008, 2012) and David Robinson (1988, 1992, 1996) each have three Olympic medals in as many appearances.
The U.S. men have collected a medal in all 18 Olympics in which they have competed, including 15 gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals. The American men own an impressive 138-5 (.965 winning percentage) all-time record in Olympic action. Since NBA players began representing the United States in 1992, the USA is 53-3 in seven Olympics, capturing six gold medals and one bronze medal. The USA currently enjoys a 25-game Olympic win streak that dates back to the bronze medal game of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
The rescheduled Summer Olympic Games are being held July 23-Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve nations will compete in the Olympic men’s basketball competition that will be held at the Saitama Super Arena. In addition to host Japan, nations qualified for the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball competition include Argentina, Australia, France, Iran, Nigeria, Spain and the United States.
Men’s basketball preliminary play at the Olympics, which will see the 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams each, will be held July 25-Aug. 2. The quarterfinals, featuring teams placed first and second in each preliminary group and the two best third-placed teams, is scheduled for Aug. 3. Semifinal action will be played on Aug. 5. The gold and bronze medal games are scheduled for Aug. 7.
The draw for the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball competition was held Feb. 2, and the U.S. was drawn into Group A alongside 2019 FIBA World Cup bronze medalist France, 2017 Asia Cup runner-up Iran, and the to-be-determined winner of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Canada. The American men will open Olympic preliminary round play on July 25, against France (8 a.m. EDT), then will play Iran on July 28 (12:40 a.m. EDT) and will close out preliminary play on July 31 (8:00 a.m. EDT) versus the winner of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Canada.
A draw will take place following the conclusion of the group phase to determine the pairings of the quarterfinals. The winners of the groups and the second-placed team with the best result from the Group Phase are placed in one pot (D), while the two remaining second-placed teams and two best third-placed teams in another pot (E). Teams from the same group in the Group Phase cannot be drawn against each other in the quarterfinals. This stage of the competition is played in a knockout format, and the draw will produce an Olympic bracket for the road to the gold medal.
To be crowned Olympic champion in 2021, a team has to play six games – three in the group phase and three in the Final Phase (quarterfinals, semifinals, gold medal game), instead of eight games as in past Olympics.
Team USA basketball at the Tokyo Olympics
Team USA hit the Olympics in Tokyo as the three-time defending gold-medal winner, but it was coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the worst finish ever in a major international competition by a team from the United States.
Still, despite finishing seventh in China, Team USA went on to win gold for the fourth consecutive Olympics, led by Kevin Durant, who became the first U.S. men’s basketball player to average more than 20 points per game in a single Olympics, earning his third gold medal. Team USA beat France in the gold-medal game, avenging a loss from earlier in the Olympics.
The US will now look to defend its Olympic title in Paris in 2024.
USA Basketball exhibition results
July 10: Nigeria 90, USA 87
July 12: Australia 91, USA 83
July 13: USA 108, Argentina 80
July 18: USA 83, Spain 76
Tokyo Olympics schedule
Monday, Aug. 2
Slovenia 94, Germany 70
Tuesday, Aug. 3
United States 95, Spain 81
France 84, Italy 75
Australia 97, Argentina 59
Thursday, Aug. 5
United States 97, Australia 78
France 90, Slovenia 89
Gold-medal game: United States 87, France 82
Bronze-medal game: Slovenia vs. Australia, 7 a.m. ET
Saturday July 24
Group A: Czech Republic 84, Iran 78
Sunday July 25
Group B: Italy 92, Germany 82
Group B: Australia 84, Nigeria 67
Group A: France 83, United States 76
Monday July 26
Group C: Slovenia 118, Argentina 100
Group C: Spain 88, Japan 77
Tuesday July 27
Group B: Germany 99, Nigeria 92
Wednesday July 28
Group A: United States 120, Iran 66
Group B: Australia 86, Italy 83
Group A: France 97, Czech Republic 77
Thursday July 29
Group C: Slovenia 116, Japan 81
Group C: Spain 81, Argentina 71
Friday July 30
Group A: France 79, Iran 62
Saturday July 31
Group B: Italy 80, Nigeria 71
Group B: Australia 89, Germany 76
Group A: United States 119, Czech Republic 84
Sunday Aug. 1
Group C: Argentina 97, Japan 77
Group C: Slovenia 95, Spain 87
Team USA Roster
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Bradley Beal and Kevin Love were previously on the roster, but Beal was forced out due to COVID-19 protocols and Love withdrew from the roster after training camp and early exhibition games. They were replaced by Johnson and McGee.
Three gold medals all as the team’s leading scorer means no man can touch Kevin Durant when it comes to Olympic success.
Read Kirk Goldsberry’s story
After back-to-back seasons of uncertainty in the NBA and no practice time, Team USA can still overwhelm with talent.
Read Brian Windhorst’s story
A third-place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics wasn’t just viewed as a failure — it forced USA Basketball to rethink everything.
Read the oral history on the turning point for Team USA.
What does Gregg Popovich have left to prove? Putting together this team is a big lift. Leading it to an undefeated run and a world championship is a big ask, even for a living legend with an impeccable record and solid gold reputation. The risk/reward ratio is off. So why is he doing it?
Read Brian Windhorst’s story
Olympic qualifying tournaments
June 29-July 4
June 29 results: Serbia 94, Dominican Republic 76
June 30 results: Serbia 83, Philippines 76
July 1 results: Italy 90, Puerto Rico 83; Dominican Republic 94, Philippines 67
July 3 semifinals: Italy 79, Dominican Republic 59; Serbia 102, Puerto Rico 84
July 4 final: Italy 102, Serbia 95
June 29 results: Poland 83, Angola 64; Lithuania 76, Venezuela 65
June 30 results: Slovenia 118, Angola 68; Venezuela 94, Korea 80
July 1 results: Slovenia 112, Poland 77; Lithuania 96, Korea 57
July 3 semifinals: Slovenia 98, Venezuela 80; Lithuania 88, Poland 69
July 4 final: Slovenia 96, Lithuania 85
June 29 results: Germany 82, Mexico 76; Brazil 83, Tunisia 57
June 30 results: Mexico 72, Russia 64; Brazil 94, Croatia 67
July 1 results: Germany 69, Russia 67; Croatia 75, Tunisia 70
July 3 semifinals: Brazil 102, Mexico 74; Germany 86, Croatia 76
July 4 final: Germany 75, Brazil 64
June 29 results: Canada 97, Greece 91; Turkey 95, Uruguay 86
June 30 results: Canada 109, China 79; Turkey 87, Czech Republic 70
July 1 results: Greece 105, China 80; Czech Republic 80, Uruguay 79
July 3 semifinals: Czech Republic 103, Canada 101 (OT); Greece 81, Turkey 63
July 4 final: Czech Republic 97, Greece 72
USA Water Polo Announces U.
S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team Nominees For Tokyo Olympic Games
Irvine, CA – July 2, 2021 – U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team Head Coach Dejan Udovicic has announced the 13 athletes that will be nominated to represent Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, following a silver medal run at the FINA World League Super Final in Tbilisi, Georgia. Team USA punched their ticket to Tokyo with a gold medal finish at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Final approval of the selections is required by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and will be announced at a later date.
Veteran Jesse Smith heads to his USA Water Polo record-tying fifth Olympic Games and joins four other returners from the 2016 Olympic Games in Alex Bowen, Luca Cupido, Ben Hallock and Alex Obert. It’s a squad with eight first-time Olympians bolstered by heavy professional experience over the last nine months.
A 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Smith ties the record of retired Team USA great Tony Azevedo for most Olympic Teams ever made by a USA Water Polo athlete. A world-class defender, Smith brings years of experience at the national team and international club level. Bowen has spent the last five years honing his skills abroad capping up for clubs in Hungary, Croatia and Greece bringing a next level offensive game.
Hallock and Obert have evolved into the main options for Team USA at two-meters and both are coming off strong international campaigns. Hallock, a NCAA champion, took home the ultimate club title this year as the first American man to win Champions League, taking top honors with Pro Recco. Obert also advanced to the Champions League Final 8 with Croatian power VK JUG. A physical force in front of the cage, Obert brings important size up front. Cupido rounds out the returners as one of Team USA’s best scoring threats. A knack for clutch goals, he’ll be counted on to find the back of the net regularly and spent time playing club ball in Italy earlier this year.
Eight newcomers join Team USA in Tokyo and while it may be their first Olympics, they have no shortage of experience. Max Irving and Hannes Daube were teammates for Olympiacos this season, reaching the Champions League Final 8 and will be two big pieces of the Team USA attack. There will be a brand-new look in goal for the United States in the Olympic Games as Alex Wolf and Drew Holland take on goalkeeper responsibilities. Both competed with clubs in Greece this season and have the ability to catch fire in the cage. Holland was most recently named the best goalkeeper at the 2021 FINA World League Super Final.
Johnny Hooper heads to his first Olympic Games adding a creative element on offense while Marko Vavic has the versatility to make an impact on both ends of the pool. Both spent time abroad with Hooper competing in Greece and Vavic in Italy. Dylan Woodhead, fresh off club play in Greece, adds to the defensive rotation and with one less roster spot on gamedays, lockdown defenders will be key to advancing. Nevada native Ben Stevenson rounds out the roster bringing another hard-working attacker with a host of international club experience in recent years, most recently with Glyfada where he was on the same team as Woodhead.
The USA Men’s National Team is coming off a silver medal at the FINA World League Super Final, earning their third second place finish at the event in program history. All silver medals at the Super Final have come in Olympic years, with the prior results in 2008 and 2016. In 2008 the team would go on to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, the program’s most recent Olympic medal.
19 athletes in the USA Men’s National Team program trained or competed with professional clubs in Europe, a record for Team USA. Learn more about which athletes played where by clicking here.
Under a new format for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, each nation will declare 12 active players before each match of the competition. The reduction in gameday roster size from 13 to 12 was part of an expansion in the overall number of teams competing in the women’s tournament. The size of the women’s tournament is now at 10 countries, up from eight, while the men’s tournament stays at 12 teams.
U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team Nominees – Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
1. Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin)
2. Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier)
3. Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan)
4. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC)
5. Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/USC/North Irvine WPC)
6. Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club)
7. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier)
8. Dylan Woodhead (San Anselmo, CA/Stanford/Sleepy Hollow Aquatics & Stanford WPF)
9. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
10. Ben Stevenson (Reno, NV/Pacific/NYAC)
11. Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
12. Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
13. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club)
Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic
Assistant Coaches: Alex Rodriguez, Gavin Arroyo
Team Manager: Lori Verdegaal
Sports Medicine Manager: Chris Bates
“I’m excited today to be able to announce the 13 player roster for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. We had 19 players who played overseas, (a) long period the last six to eight weeks, (including) common practices with European teams. I’m pleased and I’m very excited looking forward to Tokyo. The guys put in very hard work, and work ethic was always (at a) high level. It’s a tough decision, not an easy decision, my message to the players who were not selected – they are going to be always part of this family and our success will also be their success. Go USA!” Dejan Udovicic, Head Coach, U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team
“I’ve been working really hard since I was about nine years old trying to make this dream come true, and for it to finally become a reality, it feels really good. Obviously there is more to come and more goals to reach but right now this is a big accomplishment and a check off my bucket list.” – Hannes Daube, First-Time Olympic Nominee
“Being named to my second Olympic Games is incredible, it’s been a long journey since 2016. (It’s) a completely new group of guys and the work we’ve put in has been awesome, I can’t wait to get to Tokyo. I think the team has come together really nicely and we’re ready to fight for each other in Tokyo. ” – Ben Hallock, 2016 Olympian and Tokyo Olympic Games Nominee
About USA Water Polo
USA Water Polo, Inc., is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 50,000 members, USAWP also is the sanctioning authority for more than 500 member clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the U.S., fostering grass-roots expansion while providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches, and officials. For more information, visit www.usawaterpolo.org
How to Watch Team USA Men’s Basketball at Tokyo Olympics – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Basketball has been a fixture at the Olympics since 1936 when the first men’s tournament was held. Women’s basketball was added in 1976 and has been held in every Olympics since.
The United States has ruled basketball at the Olympics since the sport was first introduced. The Team USA men have won 15 of the 18 tournaments they have competed in, while the women have won eight of the 10 tournaments they’ve entered.
Team USA’s men’s roster has just two players in Tokyo with prior Olympic experience and the team dropped its opening game to France in stunning fashion before bouncing back against Iran, the Czech Republic and Spain, so the U.S. has work to do to continue its historic run in Tokyo.
Here’s everything you need to know for men’s basketball at the Tokyo Olympics:
What is the TV schedule for men’s basketball at the Tokyo Olympics?
Tokyo Olympics basketball games will be aired on NBC and NBC-affiliated channels, including NBCSN, the Olympic Channel, Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.
NBC Olympics’ full viewing schedule lists more than 5,000 of content by channel and sport.
What is Team USA’s basketball schedule at the Tokyo Olympics?
Team USA was placed in Group A for the preliminary games, along with Czech Republic, France and Iran. Each team played each other once with the top two teams automatically advancing to the knockout stage.
After being Spain in the quarterfinals, Team USA will now play Australia in the semifinals. Tipoff is at 12:15 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 5.
Durant is eying his third gold medal as the U.S. advances to the knockout stage of the Tokyo Olympics.
Eight teams advanced to the knockout stage. The semifinals will be played on Aug. 5. The gold medal game will tip at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 6, and the bronze medal game is set for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 7 a.m. ET.
Who is on the USA Olympic basketball team in 2021?
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant headlines Team USA’s 12-man roster in Tokyo as he aims for his third consecutive gold medal. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (2016) rejoins Team USA for his second Olympic appearance.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine are making their Olympic debuts after making the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in March.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton are among the former All-Stars who fill out the roster. Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant also made the roster following his breakout season where he was a Most Improved Player award finalist. The final two roster spots belong to Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson, who were added in July as replacements for Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is serving as the head coach at the Olympics for the first time. Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski led the team at the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Villanova coach Jay Wright and Pacers assistant Lloyd Pierce are serving as assistant coaches under Popovich.
While most of the game is the same, there are some key differences that distinguish NBA basketball from Olympic basketball.
Which NBA players are competing in the Tokyo Olympics?
Team USA is the only squad with 12 NBA players on the roster, but there are still a number of other NBA players competing. Eleven of the 12 countries playing have at least one NBA player, with Iran being the only nation without one.
Here’s a look at the NBA players competing at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021:
- Aron Baynes (Raptors), Matthew Dellavedova (Cavaliers), Dante Exum (Rockets), Josh Green (Mavericks), Joe Ingles (Jazz), Patty Mills (Spurs), Matisse Thybulle (Sixers)
- Facundo Campazzo (Nuggets), Luca Vildoza (Knicks), Gabriel Deck (Thunder)
- Czech Republic
- Nicolas Batum (Clippers), Evan Fournier (Celtics), Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Nets), Frank Ntilikina (Knicks)
- Isaac Bonga (Wizards), Moritz Wagner (Magic)
- Nico Mannion (Warriors), Nicolo Melli (Mavericks)
- Rui Hachimura (Wizards), Yuta Watanabe (Raptors)
- Precious Achiuwa (Heat), KZ Okpala (Heat), Miye Oni (Jazz), Josh Okogie (Timberwolves), Jordan Nwora (Bucks), Chimezie Metu (Kings), Jahlil Okafor (Pistons), Gabe Vincent (Heat)
- Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Vlatko Cancar (Nuggets)
- Willy Hernangomez (Pelicans), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Marc Gasol (Lakers)
Which country is the biggest threat to Team USA in men’s basketball?
It’s not often that Team USA loses during men’s basketball at the Olympics. Since allowing NBA players to compete in 1992 on the Dream Team, America has won six of seven gold medals and lost just three games (all in 2004) prior to its opening defeat against France. Team USA had won its last 25 Olympic men’s basketball games dating back to 2004 when it lost to Argentina in the knockout stage semifinals.
The U.S. men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the FIBA World Ranking, but Australia, its next opponent, is ranked No. 3.
Australia has the third-most NBA players (seven) of any team behind the U.S. (12) and Nigeria (eight). It could’ve been even more had Ben Simmons opted to play, but the team is still full of professional talent. Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles was a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year this season while Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle was named to the All-Defensive Second Team. San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was the leading scorer at the 2012 London Olympics with 21.2 points per game.
Imagining a 2021 USA Basketball Dream Team
Every few Summer Olympics, Team USA Basketball gets complacent and puts together a substandard team/effort that doesn’t win them the gold. Then in the next Olympics, they put together a “Dream Team” of superstars to remind everyone the United States is the basketball capital of the world.
It began after the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea when the U.S. failed to reach the gold medal game for the first time ever after losing to the Soviet Union, which would go on to win the gold. Not being able to handle an embarrassing defeat at the hands of their geopolitical rival, USA Basketball decided to allow professional players to participate going forward.
What resulted was arguably the greatest team in the history of competitive sports, the 1992 Dream Team, lead by an in-his-prime Michael Jordan and nine other NBA Hall of Famers (and Christian Laettner), dominated the Summer Games in Barcelona. Famously, most of their opponents were more interested in getting autographs after the game than actually trying to compete.
Team USA enjoyed a couple more easy gold medal finishes in 1996 and 2000. After slipping up and earning a paltry bronze medal in the 2004, the 2008 “Redeem Team” led by then-reigning MVP Kobe Bryant seized the gold in the Beijing games against a loaded Spanish national team. They have since won the gold in 2012 and 2016 with much of the same cast of players and notable heroics by Carmelo Anthony.
So far, however, 2021 is shaping up to be one of those disappointing showings with bad chemistry, players being unavailable due to COVID-19 and injury, and questionable alternate picks to replace those players.
But it got me thinking, if every American player was available, what would this year’s version of the Dream Team be? Here is the squad that would have been the best team they could have put out for a dominant performance and a surefire gold medal finish:
Marcus Ferro’s 2021 USA Basketball Dream Team
Marcus Ferro says this year’s USA Basketball team isn’t exactly a “Dream Team” of today’s NBA talent, but he offers up who he would have selected if he was running Team USA.
90,000 US Grand Prix: Comments after race
Mario Isola : “As expected, in hot weather on the abrasive track, tire wear was high, as a result, almost everyone started on Medium, and then switched to Hard.
The tires did a great job, and several long stretches helped prepare the exciting final of the race between the championship protagonists. Before the start, Verstappen and Hamilton had the same stock of tires, but used them in completely different ways: Lewis attacked at the end of the race with a set that drove a shorter distance, and Max won the position on the track by “undercutting”.
As a result, we saw a fantastic strategic duel and an exciting ending between two riders who were impeccable today and had excellent tire control. ”
Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen (1st): “The race was exciting – it’s incredible to win in front of so many fans! The pressure was felt throughout the entire distance, because I did not know how quickly Lewis will be able to play the gap.
I think I started well, but Lewis started even better. After losing the lead in the first corner, we switched to an aggressive strategy and made the first pit stop quite early. On the second segment, we risked being behind due to “cutting” from the side of Lewis, so we had to act ahead of the curve. As a result, the final segment of the race was very long, and the heat only made the task more difficult.
The last two laps were difficult for tires that lacked grip.Two laps before the finish line, one of the Haas riders was in front of me, and I was able to use DRS behind him – in the end I managed to stay ahead.
The team did their best. It’s nice that Sergio took the podium with me. ”
Sergio Perez (3rd): “I had the hardest and longest race in my life. Before the start I did not feel very well, and then on the first lap the water supply system stopped working. Considering the high temperature, the race was very hard from a physical point of view.
I am having serious problems, and by the twentieth circle I have no strength left. It is a pity that I could not hold onto Max and Lewis, but this weekend there was a lot of positive, and we returned to the podium, which is always nice.
The team did a good job, the cut worked, and Lewis had no choice but to try not to miss me, which helped Max. The team can be happy.
I am looking forward to the stage in Mexico – in the past the team played successfully on my home circuit, and this year we also have a good car.I can’t wait for the next race and I hope that I will go up to the podium in front of my fans. ”
Mercedes AMG Petronas
Andrew Shovlin , Chief Race Engineer: “This is not to say that victory was unattainable, but we did not perform well in qualifying and were not fast enough on Medium tires on the first lap. In addition, due to the penalty, Valtteri could not fight in front, which reduced the number of possible strategy options for us.
We understand the reasons for some of the problems due to which this weekend a little lost in speed, but there are others – and they still have to be dealt with. It is clear that we need to make progress ahead of the remaining races.
Of course, we are upset that we lost a lot of points in both championships, but the end of the season is still a long way off. This year we were in the worst situation, but we were able to regain the leadership. We have a little time to regroup before a series of three races in a row.To retain both titles, we need to get the most out of the car on all five remaining tracks – and we’ll be focusing on that in the coming days. ”
Lewis Hamilton (2nd): “First of all, I congratulate Max – he did a great job. And also a big thank you to the amazing crowd that was in Austin all weekend. It is a great honor for a rider to perform in front of the stands, which are filled with such passionate fans.
I gave it my all. At some point, I thought for a second that I could win, but the race turned out to be difficult and we did not manage to win it.Red Bull had the advantage. The rear of their car held the track better and slipped less.
I had a great start, and on the last stretch I was able to get very close, but got caught in the air stream behind Max’s car and the tires overheated. Thanks to the team for the amazing pit stops and hard work throughout the weekend. This time we didn’t succeed, now we are waiting for the next race ”.
Valtteri Bottas (6th): “My race went smoothly. I tried my best, but because of the hot weather and the nature of the track, it was difficult to recoup.
On the first leg, I got stuck behind the AlphaTauri machines, losing a lot of time behind. The difference in speed was not enough to overtake. The safety car did not leave, there were no other situations to take advantage of. Taking into account the fine for replacing the motor, I don’t think I could have done more. ”
Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
Charles Leclair (4th): “I am very pleased with my result. I drove almost the entire distance alone, but the race was still great.I had a high pace, and in the last two segments I saw Sergio Perez’s car in front, losing only ten seconds at the finish line. At some point, I started thinking about the podium, but failed.
From a physical point of view, the race turned out to be one of the most difficult in which I participated. The same difficult races are held in Singapore, but there are difficulties associated with the heat. In Austin, it was physically difficult because of the bumps and heat. The final ten laps were especially hard.
We look forward to the final five races with optimism.However, we must remain realistic – the fight for the third place is very tight, and such races are especially important. I would like to have a serious advantage, but we do not have it, so we need to keep working. We’ve only had a few car updates this season, but they’ve taken a big step forward. ”
Carlos Sainz (7th): “Difficult race. On the first lap I had a fight with two McLaren drivers – I was able to stay ahead, but decided to skip Daniel Riccardo ahead so that the stewards would not take any action against me.
I spent most of the race behind Riccardo. We tried to overtake him by using a “undercut”, but there was a hitch with a wheel change, so the plan did not work. Pretty bad race for me.
I don’t think we have reached the maximum today. The speed of the car allowed it to finish ahead of both McLaren riders, so I’m disappointed. ”
Daniel Riccardo (5th): “At times it seemed that the race was going according to the standard scenario, but sometimes it became interesting! The first lap was very funny: in my opinion, at the start I got ahead of Carlos Sainz, but then he won back the position, having made a beautiful overtake along the outer radius of the 6th turn before the 7th, but I again bypassed him in the 17th turn on the inside trajectories.
We changed positions three times on the same lap, and it was great! But for me it was fundamentally important to break into the top five. At the same time, Charles Leclair showed that Ferrari were faster than us today, we could not catch up with him. It is clear that we are working on this, but it’s nice that today we managed to get ahead of at least one Scuderia rider.
Of course, Carlos then made another good attack, our cars were already level with each other, and we even knocked our wheels together a little.It was fun too, but I really needed to hold the position.
Of course, it was very difficult to keep the rubber in good condition. When driving out of the pits with a fresh set of tires, they provide excellent traction, but if you start actively attacking right away, they will quickly lose speed. During this race there was a feeling that it was impossible to attack in full force at all – I want to say that we attacked as long as the tires allowed.
On some circles I was in doubt whether to push or not, but when Carlos caught up with me and started attacking, there was no choice, I had to add, and in the end the tires were already very worn out.
But racing on this track gives me pleasure! As soon as I visit it, I feel inspired – I can’t even explain what it is connected with. ”
Lando Norris (8th): “On the first lap I had to get nervous, especially when three of our cars were entering the corner at the same time, and Daniel was driving along the outer radius, so we had to act carefully. And Charles Leclair was literally driving in front of me, and the situation was risky, I could not brake too late so as not to crash into his car.
The race as a whole was not easy, because of the wind and high temperatures it was very difficult to protect the tires, which meant that it was difficult for us to drive at the pace of Ferrari, who performed confidently today.
I also think that in some aspects I should have done better, including during the defense of my position. But we did not manage to get ahead of the Scuderia riders, so the day cannot be called a successful one. However, now we need to pack up and prepare for the race in Mexico City.
I already want to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible and continue to work to improve our position in the championship. “
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Yuki Tsunoda (9th): “Successful day. I managed to earn some important points for the team, I am satisfied. The race was difficult due to the heat. It was not easy for me to drive the first segment on Soft tires, because my strategy was different from those who started nearby. But thanks to this, I got an advantage on the first lap and tried to make the most of it. I had a good pace and I’m glad I earned points. “
Pierre Gasly (descent): “Unfortunately, I had a problem with the suspension, because of which I had to get off. I do not know the cause of the breakdown, we need to deal with it. It is a pity that it all ended this way, because now every point plays an important role in our struggle with other teams from the middle of the peloton. It would be great to continue the fight until the end of the race, because from the very beginning of the weekend there is an amazing atmosphere here. It’s a pity that I didn’t finish. ”
Aston Martin BWT F1 Team
Otmar Safnauer , Team Leader: “Lance was the innocent victim of Nicholas Latifi’s awkward actions in the first corner of the first lap, which resulted in Lance falling to nineteenth place and damaging the front wing. On the second lap, he overtook two Haas riders, but was never able to return to the points race. Lance did his best and finished twelfth.
Sebastian had a clean start and spent most of the race in 12th ahead of Lance. On the 52nd lap, he overtook Antonio Giovinazzi for eleventh place, which allowed him to finish tenth after Kimi Raikkonen was out of the track on the next lap.
One point earned is not a huge reward for excellent piloting, but our strategists made the right decision to make the first pit stops late, making the most of the opportunities. “
Sebastian Vettel (10th): “Today we earned one point, which we had to fight for. I bounced back well after the penalty – on an empty track I showed a high pace. As we expected, the race turned out to be difficult – due to the high temperature of the asphalt, everyone had to control the rubber wear.
I was delighted when the rivals went to the pits early, as this made it possible to stay on the track longer. As a result, closer to the finish line, I got fresher tires, which allowed me to finish in the top ten.The team chose the right strategy. If the race had lasted a few laps longer, I would have caught up with Yuki Tsunoda. Nevertheless, given the starting position, even one point earned is a good result. ”
Lance Stroll (12th): “This was not our weekend. In qualifying, yellow flags prevented me, and in the race I was knocked out in the first corner on the first lap. I rolled to the end of the peloton and received serious damage to the front wing, which caused a loss of some speed.Nevertheless, I was able to break through to the top, but the glasses were out of reach.
I want to forget the race as soon as possible. I hope we will perform better at the next stage in Mexico City. ”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
Frederic Wasseur , Team Leader: “The team deserved at least one point in a well-run race, but it slipped away in front of the checkered flag.
From start to finish, we fought in the top ten or very close to it, which sets us up for optimism, and although this time we did not manage to earn points, the fact that we are steadily participating in the struggle is encouraging.I hope this will be the case in the remaining races, and on some tracks we will be able to translate our speed into points at the finish. ”
Antonio Giovinazzi (11th): “Nice race with some interesting duels, in particular with Fernando Alonso. I held him back as best I could, in the end he turned out to be faster, but it was pleasant for me to fight with a rider of this level, with a world champion.
We were close to earning points, but in the second segment we could not get the tires to work.We changed positions with Kimi in the part of the race when he had the opportunity to actively attack, and it almost paid off. ”
Kimi Raikkonen (13th): “In the first part of the race the car was in order and allowed to fight in the top ten. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the second segment, during a collision with Alonso, I slightly damaged the bottom. This had almost no effect on the balance, but the rubber began to wear out faster.
Towards the end of the race, the rear tires lost efficiency while I attacked with all my might to stay ahead of Vettel.It’s a shame that we did not manage to earn points, although we were very close to them. ”
George Russell (14th): “I had a lot of fun today, but this weekend we didn’t have the speed to compete for points.
I had a good start, moving up from twentieth to fourteenth, but then I had problems keeping Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel behind. After they took the lead, I started a long race alone.
The team had a difficult weekend, but none of our opponents earned points. Now all the attention is on the next stage in Mexico. ”
Nicholas Latifi (15th): “Unfortunately my race was ruined in the first corner. One of the Haas machines suddenly appeared inside the corner, and I was caught between the rivals. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a group of cars and could not do anything to avoid a collision, as it was already too late to take any action.
I damaged the front wing, so I had to stop in the pits much earlier than planned. The second and third sections of the race were much longer, which was not ideal.
I suppose our pace was also influenced by trying to keep the tires in the operating temperature range, but I’m sure everyone has a problem with that. Definitely we ran a race where we can learn a lot. ”
Haas F1 Team
Mick Schumacher (16th): “It was fun! We expected the worst, so we are happy with what we managed to achieve from the car that we have.I had several intense fights, especially at the start, rode in a tight group – this experience prepares me for the next year.
In the last laps I was catching up with Latifi. If the race continued for five more laps, I would get close enough to attack. I love playing in the USA, there are great fans here! ”
Nikita Mazepin (17th): “In the second turn of the first circle in the car, the headrest came off. He got up and closed both mirrors for me – I had to ask the team if there were other cars around – I just didn’t know where I could move.
The pit stop to fix the headrest cost me 25 seconds, after which I drove alone and tried to cover the distance with one pit stop, but in such hot weather and with such tires it was impossible. ”
Alpine F1 Team
Marcin Budkowski , CEO: “It’s better to forget this race as soon as possible. Anything that could go wrong went wrong this weekend. Esteban started on Medium tires from 11th position: it seemed to us that he had a very real chance to earn some points.But on the first lap he got hit by Giovinazzi and damaged the front wing, which had to be replaced. It ruined his race. He did not fight for anything, and since we had concerns about a possible problem, we decided to withdraw his car from the race.
Fernando did a great job after starting from the penultimate position, and we used all the means to get him into the top ten – he attacked, took risks and used an alternative strategy to get an advantage in working with rubber at the end of the race.But there was a problem with the rear wing, which deprived us of an interesting finish.
We didn’t score any points this weekend, so a series of 15 races ended, in which we consistently finished in the top ten. We have something to improve and something to think about when we prepare for the next series of races. ”
Esteban Ocon (descent): “Apparently, there was some problem with the rear of the car, which ended the race for me. On the first lap, contact with Alfa Romeo spoiled everything, after which I had to go to a pit stop due to damage to the front wing.We need to analyze everything and recoup. Our goal is to make progress in the next series of three races in a row. ”
Fernando Alonso (retirement): “Unsuccessful end of the day and a generally difficult weekend. Although I started from the last row, the race was going well, after several fights with Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin drivers I had a chance to earn points.
Several incidents have occurred that should be noted. In two cases, punishment followed, in one – no.At the end of the race, I was attacking when the rear wing broke in the penultimate corner. I looked in the mirrors and saw damage, so we had to take the car out of the race. You need to understand why this happened. ”
90,000 Mass resignations began in the Trump team after the riots in Washington | News from Germany on world events | DW
Several officials associated with the team of the current US President Donald Trump, as well as with his inner circle, announced their resignation after the riots near the building of the American Congress in Washington.
Thus, the special envoy of the President of the United States for Northern Ireland and the former acting chief of staff of the White House staff, Mick Mulvaney, announced that he was leaving his diplomatic post in protest against the incident.
“I can’t stay, not after yesterday,” he said on CNBC. Mulvaney clarified that on the evening of January 6, he called Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to inform him that he was resigning. “Those who decided to stay – and I spoke with some of them – decided to do this because they are afraid that the president might appoint (to their places.- Red .) Someone worse, “he said.
Matt Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security assistant in charge of issues related to Washington’s policy towards China and the DPRK, is also leaving his post, AP reported.
White House Press Secretary for Protocol (Social) Affairs Anna Christina Ricky Nicheta and Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews retired from their posts, the latter said she was “deeply concerned” about the storming of the US Congress the day before. “It was an honor for me to serve in the Trump administration and to be proud of the policies we are pursuing,” Matthews said. “As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply concerned about what I saw today (Jan 6 – Red .),” Matthews said in a statement. “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power,” she added.
The FBI created a website to collect information about the participants in the riots
The chief of staff of the first lady of the United States Melania Trump – Stephanie Grisham, who previously served as a White House press secretary and director of public relations, also resigned.
Finally, the presidential adviser for national security Robert O’Brien, as well as Trump’s aide, deputy chief of staff for political coordination, Christopher Liddell, are considering leaving their posts. This was announced by the CNN TV channel, citing “numerous sources.”
Reuters later, relying on a source, also announced the departure of Ryan Tully, senior director for Russia and European affairs of the National Security Council (SNB) at the White House.
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has already created a special website to collect information about possible participants in the storming of the Capitol on January 6. There everyone can post photos and videos of the riots.
The US Congress approved the victory of Joseph Biden
Earlier, on January 6, after Trump’s speech at a rally in Washington, his supporters broke through to the Capitol, where the election results were approved at a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. About an hour after the hearing began, hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the building.The meeting had to be stopped, the legislators were evacuated. The rioters clashed with the police, who responded with tear gas. In Washington, a curfew was imposed until 06.00 (14.00 Moscow time) on January 7. According to police, four people were killed in the riots.
The US Congress on January 7 officially approved Democrat Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States. This post of politician will take, as expected, on January 20 – after the inauguration. Biden received more than 270 electoral votes – following the approval of the US Congress.This procedure has finally exhausted the constitutional possibilities for challenging the voting results.
Riots in the Washington Capitol January 6
The debate on the results of the US presidential election, held at the Congress Building in Washington on January 6, was interrupted by riots at the Capitol.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington January 6
Supporters of the incumbent President Donald Trump after his speech at a rally in the capital of the United States broke through the barriers to the Capitol.
Riots at the Washington Capitol January 6
Demonstrators clashed with police.
Riots at the Washington Capitol January 6
Tear gas was fired by the police.
Riots in the Washington Capitol January 6
According to the Washington police, the riots killed five people, including one policeman.More than 50 people were injured, about 80 were detained.
Riots in the Washington Capitol January 6
Trump supporters try to break into the Congress building.
Riots at the Washington Capitol January 6
Demonstrators managed to break into the building. The congressmen were evacuated.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington on January 6
Supporters of the incumbent head of the White House in the building of the US Congress.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington on January 6
Donald Trump supporters in the US Congress building.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington on January 6
Donald Trump supporters in the US Congress building.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington 6 January
Participants of the protests in Washington after the storming of the Capitol.
Capitol riots in Washington 6 January
The National Guard has arrived in Washington.
Riots in the Washington Capitol January 6
A few hours after the riots, the US Congress building again came under the control of the authorities. Discussion of the election results resumed.
Riots in the Capitol in Washington January 6
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer condemned the storming of the Capitol, calling the incident “a stain on our country that will not be easily washed away.”
Author: Pavel Mylnikov
90,000 Russians won five medals per day at the Tokyo Olympics | News from Germany about Russia | DW
Russian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, July 26, won five medals, three of them gold and one silver and one bronze.
Sofia Pozdnyakova became the Olympic champion, having won the final of the saber fencer tournament. In the decisive fight, she defeated her compatriot Sophia the Great, who became the silver medalist.
Maxim Khramtsov won the gold medal, winning the competition among taekwondo fighters in the weight category up to 80 kg. In the final, he defeated Jordanian representative Saleh Al-Sharabati. The Russian men’s national artistic gymnastics team also became the owner of gold medals, having won the all-around team tournament.The Russian team in this discipline was represented by Denis Ablyazin, Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagorny and David Belyavsky.
“Bronze” was won by Alexander Bondar and Viktor Minibaev, who became the third in synchronized ski jumping into the water.
The Russians have the fourth place in the medal standings
Now the Russian national team has 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. The Russian team ranks fourth in the medal standings. In the first place is Japan (8, 2, 3), in the second – the USA (7, 3, 4), in the third – China (6, 5, 7).
The Tokyo Olympics are held from 23 July to 8 August. The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Russia sent 328 athletes to the Games. Due to the sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Russian national team plays in Tokyo under the abbreviation of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC, Russian Olympic Committee).
At the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which were supposed to take place in 2020, but which had to be postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic year, the athletes’ mascots will be Miraitova (which means the future and eternity) and Someichi (one of the types of cherry blossoms).
The Waldi Dachshund became the first official mascot in the history of the Olympic Games. It was the animals that most often became the symbolic attribute of the Olympics. The dog was chosen because of its hunting qualities, which every real athlete has – stamina, perseverance, dexterity.
A Canadian beaver named Amik became the mascot in Montreal.Amik also means beaver in the native language of Canada. This animal is the national symbol of the country.
Mascots of the Olympic Games
At the 1980 Summer Olympics, which took place in Russia (then the USSR), the brown bear was chosen as the official mascot. Bear Misha has become a favorite of millions.
Mascots of the Olympic Games
Los Angeles 1984
At the Olympic Games in the United States, the national symbol of the country, the eagle, became the mascot.Eaglet Sam was put on a top hat painted in the colors of the American flag.
Mascots of the Olympic Games
At the first Olympic Games in South Korea, the Amur tiger became the mascot – very friendly in appearance. The Hodori tiger cub was wearing a traditional black hat over his ear.
Mascots of the Olympic Games
A puppy named Kobe became the mascot of the Olympic Games in Barcelona.The Catalan Sheepdog became its prototype. There has been a lot of controversy about this similarity. TAZ reporters then wrote: “Kobe could just as well have been a pig.”
At the 1996 Olympics, a fictional character became the mascot for the first time. The strange creature received an equally strange name – Izzy, which comes from “Whatizit?” or “What is it?” (“What is it?”).
Meet Ollie, Sid and Millie.Kookabara, platypus and echidna are all found only in Australia. Why are there three mascots in Australia at once? This was associated with the entry into the third millennium.
Phoebus and Athena were chosen to honor the Greek gods. They resembled antique dolls in shape.
Mascots of the Olympic Games
Five figures symbolize the five Olympic rings.The first syllables of the names of the mascots of the Beijing Olympic Games (we will not list them all) mean: “Beijing welcomes you!”
Mascots of the Olympic Games
Wenlock and Mandeville were the mascots of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. They symbolize digitalization and technological progress.
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Official mascots of the competition – Vinicius and Tom.These are collective images that personify the flora and fauna of Brazil.
Author: Bettina Bauman, Marina Borisova
90,000 US Olympic Team 2021 | Russian Bazaar
Courtesy Ralph Lauren
The next day after the release of this issue of “RB” (July 23), the 32nd Olympic Summer Games will begin in Tokyo, Japan, which have every chance of becoming the most spectacular and sensational in history.Experts promise an unprecedented confrontation between the United States and China, as well as a total defeat for Russia (along with everything else in the country, sports are also degrading).
By good tradition, “RB” has collected the most interesting facts about our Olympic team, which is predicted to have 50 gold, 40 silver and 45 bronze medals (if this happens, then China is guaranteed to be at least the second), as well as other important facts about the upcoming competition.
The USA team has 613 athletes.
It is the largest national team in the history of the country and the largest national team in the history of the Olympic Games (including the winter ones) outside the host countries.
It is curious that the US team was “increased” by Covid-19. Since the games were postponed for a year, many amateurs have made up for lost time – they have gone pro and passed the required exams.
90,507 193 Americans will compete at the Olympics again.
Surprisingly, the United States remains one of the few countries where it is considered the norm to win only one Olympics.A medal of any dignity instantly turns out for an athlete with a large number of advertising contracts and a successful coaching career. Only a few continue to train hard to try their luck at the Olympics four years later.
For athletes, winning is like taking the jackpot in the lottery. Repetition of success is unlikely and not really necessary. Further life is already assured.
8 American women already have 4 or more medals.
The record holders for medals are athlete Allyson Felix (9), swimmer Allison Schmitt (8), swimmer Katie Ledecky, gymnast Simone Biles (5).
All of these women are not only athletes, but also activists. They support the MeToo movement as well as the equal pay movement for all.
Oldest Athlete – 57-year-old Phillip Dutton.
He was born in Australia and received American citizenship in 2008. Phillip speaks in a discipline that many Russian-speaking immigrants have never heard of. This equestrian eventing (eventing), consisting of dressage riding, field trials (cross) and overcoming obstacles (show jumping).
Behind Dutton’s shoulders are three Olympic medals (3 gold and 1 bronze). Despite his “advanced” (for an athlete) age, Phillip is considered one of the favorites. His main strong point is complete understanding with his beloved horse.
The youngest female athlete is 15-year-old Katie Grimes.
Little is known about this girl. Even Wikipedia wrote only two sentences about her. There is a version that Katie’s parents do not want public attention. Grimes must focus on the ultimate goal in her life – winning the 800m swim.
There are more women on the US team than men.
This is the third time in the history of the Olympic Games.The first two records also belong to American women (2012, 2016).
An interesting trend is the result of many years of women’s struggle for their rights. Today it is hard to believe it, but 25 years ago, many American “quilted jackets” laughed at football players and argued that “rolling the ball is not a woman’s business”. Since then, the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) has become world champion 4 times and Olympic gold 4 times.
California – record holder for athletes.
This state has raised 126 Olympians. In second place is Florida (51). In third place is Colorado (34). The fourth is Texas (31).
All of these states have excellent sports infrastructure and lightweight grant-making programs. Many athletes were born in poor families, but thanks to their talents and strong-willed qualities, they got a ticket to the Olympics.
In the United States, we recall, there is no federal agency that deals with sports (in contrast to the same Russia, where the Ministry of Sports plunders billions of dollars annually).Each athlete trains through grants (usually from non-profit companies and businesses), as well as sponsors (large companies like Pepsi or McDonalds).
Best Games – NBC.
In theory, the Olympic Games can be watched completely free of charge if you connect a digital antenna to your TV. NBC is free, but you’ll need to connect to cable TV or YouTubeTV to watch HD sports.
In addition to NBC, the games will be shown by NBC Sports, NBC Olympics and Peacock. These channels, however, will only be needed by the most avid fans who are attracted by the most exotic sports – like the aforementioned equestrian triathlon.
Clothes with symbols – for every real fan.
Not so long ago, the official online store TeamUsaShop opened, where you can find a variety of high-quality and inexpensive clothing with the symbols of the US Olympic team.Jackets, windbreakers, sweatshirts, T-shirts, T-shirts – here you will find absolutely everything. Recall that one of the main sponsors of the Americans is Polo Ralph Lauren.
Visa is the main sponsor and partner.
If you want to get a great deal on credit cards and save a lot of money, then go to the official website of the Visa payment system. As a sponsor of the national team, she makes many exclusive offers to the people of the United States.
New Jersey accepts bets.
As we already wrote, bookmakers are prohibited in the Empire State, but once you are in neighboring New Jersey, you can even place bets through the William Hill phone application. If you are a good forecaster, then place your bets. It is possible that betting on the Olympics will make you much richer.
Personally, I’m thinking of betting on the US women’s soccer team to win.Since her last resounding victory at the World Championship, the roster has changed by one person. Bookmakers offer odds of 1.50 per USWNT win. This means that if you bet $ 1,000, you can get back $ 1,500 (net winnings of $ 500).