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Fans react to Caitlin Clark being left off Olympic team

Caitlin Clark on the court

May 3, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the Dallas Wings at College Park Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The decision to leave Caitlin Clark off the United States Olympic team has proven to be very divisive among both fans and experts alike.

Social media opinion was divided on whether the decision to omit Clark from the final roster was the correct one. Many who were against it argued that it was a bad idea because Clark is already the most famous women’s basketball player in the country and would bring massive attention to the team and the sport.

Plenty of people took the opposite view, however. Many pointed out that Team USA will likely win the gold medal even without her, and that Clark is not necessarily one of the 12 best American women playing at the moment. Clark probably would not play much during the tournament, and beyond that, has barely had a break since her college season started last fall.

Barring something catastrophic, Clark will almost certainly be in line to be a major figure for Team USA in four years. The decision to leave her off the 2024 team is divisive now, but will probably be forgotten by then.

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