Team USA Updates

August 3, 2021
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Source: USA Basketball/Twitter
Source: USA Basketball/Twitter

🏀Basketball: Team USA men’s basketball’s Kevin Durant, who was recently crowned the all-time leading scorer, added another 29 to his total as he helped lift his squad past world No. 2 Spain with a convincing 95–81 quarter-final win earlier this morning.

  • Meanwhile, the U.S. women will face Australia in tomorrow’s 12:40 a.m. ET quarter-final. Reminder: the Opals stunningly defeated Team USA in a pre-Olympic exhibition game last month. Sounds like revenge to us.

🏃‍♀️Track & Field: Team USA Track & Field is proving age is nothing but a number. Yesterday, 34-year-old Brittney Reese won silver in the long jump, her third career medal at her fourth and final Olympics. Then 19-year-old Athing Mu claimed gold in the 800m this morning, becoming the first American woman to win the event since the 1968 Games. Incredible.

  • And Gabby Thomas added a bronze to the medal total with her third-place finish in the 200m. Wicked fast and wicked smaht.

🏐Beach Volleyball: Only one Team USA beach volleyball duo remains, and they’re putting on a show. April Ross and Alix Klineman upset Germany’s Laura Ludwig (the defending Olympic champion) and Maggie Kozuch in straight sets yesterday. HYFR. Team USA will face Switzerland in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET semifinal.

🤽‍♀️Water Polo: The U.S. women handily defeated Canada 16–5 in the quarter-finals early this morning. All-time women’s water polo leading-scorer Maggie Steffens had three goals, including two in the first two minutes. Next up, a semifinal matchup with ROC, Thursday at 2:30 a.m. ET. Just keep swimming.