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WNBA's Katie Lou Samuelson Tests Positive for COVID-19, Out of Olympics for Team USA

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 17: Katie Lou Samuelson #33 of the USA Women's National 3x3 Team smiles during USAB Womens 3x3 National Team practice at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Katie Lou Samuelson announced Monday she will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19:

Alexa Philippou @alexaphilippou

Katie Lou Samuelson just posted this on Instagram regarding her COVID-19 diagnosis: <a href="https://t.co/jK8EZ519Cn">pic.twitter.com/jK8EZ519Cn</a>

Samuelson said in her post she is fully vaccinated.

The Seattle Storm forward was set to compete for the USA women's three-on-three team. The team announced Jackie Young will replace her on the squad.

Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Kelsey Plum will also compete for the United States in the eight-team three-on-three tournament in its first year as an Olympic sport. The Americans will play their first two games on Saturday, July 24.

Samuelson played all six games in qualifying for the Olympics in May.

The 24-year-old was the fourth overall pick of the 2019 WNBA draft but has already played for three different teams in her brief career. She is in the midst of her best season with the Storm in 2021, averaging 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

She is best known for her college career at UConn as a two-time All-American who ranks fifth in school history with 2,342 points. 

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