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Seattle: Basketball Olympics Teams Stacked with Storm Players

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The GIST: Sorry to the Mariners and the still-undefeated Sounders, but we have the Olympics on our mind.

June 24, 2021
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter

⚽️OL Reign: To no surprise, Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle headline the U.S. Olympic squad. We’ll also see an OL Reign athlete on Team Canada: Quinn was named to their second Olympics and will be one of the few openly trans athletes to compete at the Games. Proud.

  • The Reign’s match on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT against NJ/NY Gotham FC will likely be the last NWSL action for ’Pinoe and Rose before the USWNT Send-Off Series starts on July 1st. It’ll (literally) be a hot one.

🏀Storm: The other half of our fave power couple, Sue Bird, is also headed to the Games (her fifth!) with Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd joining Bird in Team USA’s quest for their seventh consecutive gold medal. 

  • Katie Lou Samuelson is also Tokyo-bound, but as part of the inaugural 3x3 team instead.
  • Adding it all up, half of the Storm’s roster are Olympians: four Americans and two Australians. Yes, the defending WNBA champs are stacked, but we already knew that.

🏃‍♂️Track & Field: Ah, steeplechase, track & field’s closest cousin to Wipeout. Allie Ostrander from the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts’ pro team will race in the 3000m steeplechase final of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at 11:47 p.m. ET/8:47 p.m. PT tonight.

It’s remarkable that Ostrander, who shared that she’s seven weeks into recovering from an eating disorder, will be on the starting line. True strength.