Another Olympic gold medal hopeful will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
Katie Lou Samuelson, a key member of Team USA's first-ever 3x3 women's basketball team, was placed in COVID-19 health and safety protocols on Saturday and will not compete in the tournament, USA Basketball announced on Monday.
"Our hearts are broken for Lou," USA Basketball 3x3 said in a statement on Twitter. "We thank her for her endless commitment to building up USA Basketball 3x3 & we will miss her dearly in Tokyo."
Samuelson, a member of the Seattle Storm, will be replaced by Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young. She joins Kelsey Plum (Aces), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings) and Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky) for the U.S.
Samuelson will miss 3x3 debut Samuelson, 24, won 3x3 gold medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2013 FIBA U18 Wold Cup. She would have been the first USA Basketball player to compete at both the Youth Olympic Games and Olympics.
She said on Instagram she fell ill with COVID and is devastated to miss the Olympics. She said she is part of the 99 percent of WNBA players who are fully vaccinated.
"I am devastated to share that after getting sick with COVID-19, I will not be able to go and compete in Tokyo. Competing in the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I hope someday soon, I can come back to realize that dream. I am especially heartbroken as I am fully vaccinated and took every precaution, but I know everything will work itself out in the way it's supposed to.