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Meet the Olympic Gold Medalist Who Joined the Women's 3x3 Basketball Team Just 11 Days Ago

7/29/2021 7:17:00 AM

Meet the Olympic Gold Medalist Who Joined the Women's 3x3 Basketball Team Just 11 Days Ago

Jackie Young won gold with Team USA's women's 3x3 basketball team on July 28 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, made all the more remarkable by the fact that she wasn't even on the team two weeks ago.

Jay Demingsand team advisorKara Lawsonto offer the player a spot on the roster. They explained that Katie Lou could no longer travel to Tokyo but that it wasn't certain Jackie would be able to join the team, given that Japanese officials were requiring two negative COVID-19 tests on separate days prior to arrival.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images"I knew I had a chance to be on the team, but we weren't sure," Jackie toldUSA Today. "I flew out the next morning." First, she flew home to Vegas before boarding the 12-hour flight to Tokyo on Tuesday, July 20 ahead of the team's first two games on July 24.

While Jackie certainly knows basketball, the Notre Dame alum hadn't played 3-on-3 hoops since 2019. Luckily, it all somehow worked out."She made it here on her own hard work and dedication," Stefanie told the publication. "The fact she was able to get on board so quickly and learn our system, just props to her on that. headtopics.com

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