Four members of the Minnesota Lynx were named to the final roster for the U.S. Women's Basketball team that will compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, and Lindsay Whalen all made the incredibly deep and experienced 12 player roster.
Presenting 2016 US @Olympics WBB Team! Going for 6th gold! @TeamUSA #RoadToRio #USABWNT https://t.co/mV0iq1tB6K pic.twitter.com/dD4oWO5Pac— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) April 27, 2016
The U.S. has won five straight gold medals and will be big favorites for their sixth straight.
All of the Lynx players involved already have Olympic gold medals from 2012, and Augustus and Fowles were also part of the 2008 gold medal winners.
Only three members of the team will be appearing in their first Olympics: Brittney Griner of the Mercury, Elena Delle Donne of the Sky, and Breanna Stewart, the Storm rookie.
Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings will be looking for their fourth gold medals each, and returning players Tina Charles and Angel McCoughtry round out the squad.
Having four players named to the most talented and competitive team in the world speaks to the depth of the Lynx talent.
In addition, the Lynx may have a fifth Olympian as Anna Cruz will look to help Spain qualify for the Games at the qualifying tournament for European teams not already invited that will take place in June.