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Caitlin Clark Reacts to Exclusion from the US Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

Caitlin Clark did not make the first round of selections for the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, but she still has a chance to represent the Stars and Stripes in Paris.

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Caitlin reacts to missing the Olympic team

Fox News reports that Shams Charania of The Athletic said on Monday’s “Run It Back” that Clark is at the top of the list of backups in case of injury. Caitlin responded to her non-appointment to the Olympic team by saying she was not disappointed by the news.

“Honestly, no disappointment. It just gives me something to work for; it’s a dream. Hopefully I can be there one day. I think it’s just a little bit more motivation. It’s something you remember. Hopefully I can be there when I’m back in four years.”

According to ESPN, the Indiana Fever basketball player also mentioned that despite her failure to participate in the Paris Olympics, she was looking forward to supporting the women.

“I’m happy for the girls on the team. I know it’s the most competitive team in the world, and I know it could have gone either way – whether I’m on the team or not. I’ll be rooting for them to win gold. I grew up watching the Olympics as a kid, so it’ll be fun to watch them.”

ESPN points out that no player under the age of 26 was selected this year; Caitlin turns 22 in January. However, the U.S. has previously selected the WNBA’s No. 1 player in an Olympic year, which was the case with Caitlin this year.

The Olympic Games in Paris will take place from July 26 to August 11.

Caitlin thinks about the camp invitation

In March, AP News reported that Caitlin Clark received an invitation to the Olympic training camp at the Final Four in Cleveland from April 3-5. Her main goal was to lead Iowa to the Final Four and have a shot at the national championship. Looking back on her camp invitation, Caitlin talked about her lifelong dream of joining the Olympic team and called it a career highlight.

“You always want to be on the Olympic team when you grow up. But luckily I have the opportunity to maybe not do that because I want to play basketball with my team in the Final Four. But if not, that’s where I’m at. The people on this list are people I idolize and idolized growing up. Just getting an invitation to a camp is something to be proud of and something to celebrate and enjoy.”

Clark talks about Chennedy Carter’s foul

Caitlin not only shared her thoughts on not being selected for the US Olympic women’s basketball team, but also addressed the question of whether she Chennedy Carter a public apology.

As The Shade Room previously reported, Chennedy Carter collided with Caitlin, causing her to fall to the ground during a throw-in at the Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky basketball game on Saturday (June 1). The incident occurred in the third quarter of the game.

After Chennedy made a shot, Aliyah Boston prepared to throw the ball into the field to Clark. In the replay, Chennedy can be seen yelling a few words before shoulder-bumping Caitlin, causing her to fall to the ground.

“No, I mean, basketball is competitive, I understand that. Sometimes emotions get the best of you, it’s happened to me several times throughout my career, people are competitive, that’s just the way it is. She’s had a great season, she’s played great basketball. She’s the sixth ranked player of the year and she’s been great as a substitute. That’s not what I focus on and that’s not what I think about every day. I think about my team and how I can get better. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball. At the end of the day, it’s a sport, it’s not always going to be pretty.”

However, when Chennedy was asked about the incident afterward, the Chicago Sky guard quickly dismissed the question. Later in the interview, when asked again about the incident, Chennedy stated that she did not want to talk about Caitlin.

“I am not answering questions from Caitlin Clark,” said Chennedy.

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