Katie Lou Samuelson (Seattle Storm/Connecticut/ Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named to the four-member USA Women’s 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Team, which will compete for an Olympic berth at the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament May 26-30 in Austria. The top three teams at the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will earn a berth into the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I am super excited to be a part of this team,” Samuelson said. “It is such an honor to be able to go and compete in this tournament to hopefully qualify for the Olympics. I cannot wait to start playing, and I am excited to be playing 3×3 again. 3×3 has always been extremely fun for me, and I look forward to representing the USA once again.”
Samuelson joins USA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying teammates Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Connecticut/ Port Jervis, N.Y.), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/South Carolina/Sandersville, Ga.) and Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Washington/Poway, Calif.).
Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx/Connecticut/O’Fallon, Mo.), who was named to the team in February 2020, no longer is able to participate. The FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament originally was set for March 2020.
Samuelson, who currently is playing for Spanish team Perfumerias Avenida, won 3×3 gold medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, 2013 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup and 2013 FIBA Americas 3×3 U18 Championship. She also won five-on-five gold medals with the USA at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup, 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She earned a bronze medal at the shootout competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and she was named to the five-member all-tournament team at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup.
Most recently, Samuelson helped the USA to two wins against collegiate teams and three wins at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2020. In February 2020, she participated in training camp for the USA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Team and the USA National Team during NBA All-Star weekend.
Now a member of the WNBA Seattle Storm, Samuelson played for the Dallas Wings in 2020 and for the Chicago Sky in 2019, which drafted her with the fourth pick in the 2019 WNBA draft.
Samuelson won a national championship at the University of Connecticut in 2016 and reached the Final Four in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The USA Men’s 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Team also will compete for a top-three finish and Olympic berth at the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Austria.
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