For many athletes, an Olympic gold medal is the culmination of a life spent doing nothing else. Corn Jackie Young, who recently won gold at the Tokyo Games in 2020, only started thinking seriously about the competition less than two weeks ago.
On Wednesday July 28, Jackie won gold with Team USA as one of four athletes, with Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Kelsey Plum—On the 3×3 women’s basketball team. It was the first year of competition for the event, with the Americans topping ROC in the gold medal game by a score of 18-15.
But Jackie, a 23-year-old WNBA Las Vegas Aces player, didn’t have much time to prepare. After Katie Lou Samuelson, who was supposed to be the fourth member of the group, tested positive for COVID-19 with just a week before the competition started, Jackie got a call on July 17 while on vacation in Florida in the middle of the league’s one-month Olympic break.