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Team USA set for 2024 Olympics in Paris

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The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris are fast approaching, and Team USA is gearing up to send a formidable squad of athletes to compete for gold on the global stage. With a mix of seasoned veterans and rising stars, the U.S. is poised to make a significant impact across various sports.

Track and field:

Quincy Wilson before Paris 2024 Olympics
Quincy Wilson waits to start a heat in the men’s 400-meter semi-final during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

In track and field, all eyes will be on Sha’Carri Richardson, the charismatic sprinter who has captured the nation’s attention with her electrifying speed and bold personality. After missing the Tokyo Olympics, Richardson is eager to prove herself in Paris. She will be a strong contender in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, and her participation in the relays could also lead to additional medals for Team USA.

Joining Richardson on the track is Noah Lyles, the reigning world champion in the men’s 200-meter. Lyles is a versatile sprinter who can also compete in the 100 and the 4×100 relay. His combination of speed, technique and competitive spirit makes him a formidable force on the international circuit.

Golf:

Xander Schauffele, the reigning Olympic champion in men’s golf, will be returning to defend his title in Paris. Schauffele’s consistent performances and ability to thrive under pressure make him a top contender for another gold medal. He will be joined by other top-ranked American golfers like Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa, creating a powerful squad that is expected to challenge other countries’ top golfers for the podium.

Basketball:

Game 3 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs, on April 26, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo was taken by Senior Sports Photographer Walt Thomas for the Indianapolis Recorder.
Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) with a flashy pass while Milwaukee Bucks point guard Damian Lillard (0, green) keeps his eye on the ball during game 3 of the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo/Walt Thomas)

The United States men’s and women’s basketball teams are always among the favorites to win gold at the Olympics. Several NBA stars are slated to be in the City of Lights, including Pacers Tyrese Haliburton, Lakers LeBron James, Suns Kevin Durant, Celtics Jayson Tatum (who won his first NBA championship last week), Clippers Kawhi Leonard and others. WNBA stars such as Diana Taurasi, Brittany Griner, Kaleah Copper, A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and others have been selected for the women’s basketball team.

Swimming:

Aaron Shackell at 2024 Olympic Swim Trials
Aaron Shackell reacts after winning the Men’s 400 freestyle finals Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the US Swimming Olympic Trials in Indianapoils. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Last week, the Olympic Swim Trials for Team USA was held here in Indianapolis. Fans witnesses siblings Alex and Aaron Shackell of Carmel make the team. Katie Ledecky, the most decorated female Olympian in history, will be seeking to add to her impressive medal collection in Paris. Ledecky is a dominant force in the distance freestyle events, and she is also a threat in the women’s 200 and 400 freestyle. Her performances in the pool are always a highlight of the Olympic Games.

Caeleb Dressel, the five-time Olympic gold medalist, will be another key figure for Team USA in the swimming events. Dressel is a versatile swimmer who excels in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. His explosiveness and speed make him a formidable opponent.

Other Sports:

Team USA is expected to be competitive in a wide range of other sports in Paris. In gymnastics, Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, could potentially return to the Olympic stage after withdrawing from several events in Tokyo due to mental health concerns.

In beach volleyball, the United States has a strong tradition of success, and the teams heading to Paris will be aiming to continue that legacy. The duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman, who won gold in Tokyo, will be looking to defend their title, while other talented pairs will also be vying for a spot on the podium.

The 2024 Olympics in Paris, France kicks off on July 26 and will run until Aug. 11.


Contact multi-media & senior sports reporter Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846. Follow him on X @3Noral.

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