Fact Check: Is Caitlin Clark replacing Brittney Griner on Team USA in 2024 Olympics?

First overall WNBA draft pick Caitlin Clark did not make the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, contrary to an article shared online saying that Clark is competing in the 2024 Olympic games in Paris while American basketball star Brittney Griner is facing disqualification.

Renee Felton, a representative for USA Basketball, said in an email that it is “not accurate” that Clark will be competing for Team USA in the 2024 Olympic games. Felton has also previously told Reuters, opens new tab that Griner was not dismissed from the team.

Griner and Clark were among 14 players invited to an Olympic training camp in Cleveland, Ohio in April.

Griner was selected, opens new tab on June 11 for the 2024 Women’s National Team , opens new tabcompeting at the Olympic Games in Paris in July. Clark did not, opens new tab make the Olympic team.

“Honestly, no disappointment – it just gives me something to work for. It’s a dream, you know – hopefully one day I can be there. I think it’s just a little more motivation,” Clark told reporters, opens new tab on June 9. “Hopefully when four years comes back around, I can be there.”

One Facebook post, opens new tab says, “Breaking News: Caitlin Clark punches her ticket to the 2024 olympics, while Britney Griner faces disqualification. Details in the comments.” Another Facebook post, opens new tab says, “Team USA: ‘Britney Griner is OUT – Caitlin Clark is IN.”


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The posts link to, opens new tab websites, opens new tab that provide no sources for the information or satire disclaimers.
No such announcement appears on USA Basketball’s website, opens new tab or its social, opens new tab media, opens new tab accounts, opens new tab.

Griner’s profile is still listed on the USA Basketball website, opens new tab, which says she was selected for the 2024 Women’s National Team competing in the Olympic Games.


False. Caitlin Clark did not make the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team and Brittney Griner is not facing disqualification.
This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work.

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