Caitlin Clark's legendary triumph over LSU at NCAA Tournament had Olympic implication

Caitlin Clark, a 22-year-old Iowa basketball phenom, has declined an invitation to Team USA's April training camp following the Hawkeyes' Elite Eight win over LSU in the NCAA Tournament.

Team USA formally invited Clark to participate in its training camp from April 3-5 as it prepares for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Team USA formally asked Clark to attend their training camp from April 3-5, as it nears the end of its preparations for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Clark would only be able to join her teammates this week if Iowa had lost to LSU.

With Iowa progressing to March Madness owing to Clark's 41 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds versus LSU, the star guard's NCAA commitments take precedent over her first senior Team USA call-up.

"Yeah, that's tough," Clark told reporters following LSU's victory. "Obviously, the Olympics are always a dream, but to be here with this team and be able to do what we've done and extend it for another week is everything I could have wished for.

All I wanted was to win tonight's game and return to Cleveland with the people I care about, as well as to play for Iowa, which is written across my chest every time.

"100 percent," Leslie told Sporting News. "One thousand percent. I can't let you ask the question. I am not sure how you leave the nation without her.

"Those are the parts of the politics that I hope we get past because there is no reason - when you see an American player is the most outstanding player in our country - how is she not having the opportunity to represent our country?"

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