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USA Basketball announced His 12-man squad for the Paris Olympics is aiming for a record-breaking eighth consecutive title.

Diana Taurasi, who turned 42 on Tuesday, has been named to the Olympic team for the sixth time, making her the oldest Olympic basketball player ever and the first basketball player to compete in six Olympic Games.

“I still want to play at a high level,” Taurasi said in April when asked why she came back for another Olympic run. “I’m still willing to put in the time to train, and for me, basketball is everything. It’s my whole life. I know a lot of people always want to be something else. I don’t.”

The team also includes 2022 FIFA World Cup MVP A’ja Wilson, Tokyo Olympics MVP Breanna Stewart and Brittney Griner, who, like Stewart, is playing in her third Games.

In Tokyo, Griner scored 30 points in the final victory over Japan, the second-highest score at an Olympic Games in U.S. women’s history.

Napheesa Collier, Chelsea Gray and Jewell Loyd also return from the Tokyo Olympic team, which extended the USA’s winning streak at the Olympics to 55 games since 1992.

The Americans currently hold the longest gold medal streak in an Olympic team sport, along with the U.S. men’s national basketball team, which won seven consecutive medals from 1936 to 1968.

Last fall, Wilson said the pressure to continue the winning streak was “tremendous.”

“I think the pressure is lessened knowing it’s not just about me,” she said. “We’re not just in this for me. It’s also about my teammates, and we’re more united than ever when it comes to playing in the Olympics, for each other and for gold.”

Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young made the team after winning gold at the first Olympic women’s 3×3 tournament in Tokyo.

The Olympic newcomers are Kahleah Copper, Sabrina Ionescu and Alyssa Thomas.

Thomas, 32, will be the oldest Olympic rookie in U.S. women’s basketball history, breaking the record set by Asjha Jones in 2012.

For the second time in history, an Olympic roster includes four players from the same WNBA team: two-time WNBA MVP Wilson, Gray, Plum and Young of the Las Vegas Aces.

Last year, the Aces became the first team to defend their WNBA title since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002.

In 2016, the team had four players from the Minnesota Lynx (Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen).

The US head coach is Cheryl Reeve, who also coaches the Lynx.

NCAA Player of the Year and WNBA first-round draft pick Caitlin Clark did not make the team.

Clark has never played in a senior national team game and missed the chance to attend her first senior national team training camp in April because of a scheduling conflict with the Final Four her Iowa Hawkeyes were playing in that week.

Since at least 1992, no woman without previous experience on the senior national team has made it to the Olympic team.

“Honestly, no disappointment,” Clark said Sunday. “I think 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 more motivation. It’s something you remember. Hopefully I can be there when I’m back in four years.”

The U.S. women will play their first Olympic group match against Japan on July 29 in a rematch of the Tokyo Olympic final. The quarterfinals will be on August 7, the semifinals on August 9 and the gold and bronze medal games on August 11.

All rosters for the US Olympic basketball teams have been announced. The women’s 3×3 team (Roster here), Men 3×3 (Roster here) and Men’s 5×5 (Roster here) were all announced earlier this spring.

Olympic Games Athens 2004...

Diana Taurasi played her first game for the U.S. national team on April 9, 2004.

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