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Caitlin Clark was snubbed from the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, but she responded gracefully, saying it motivates her to aim for the 2028 team in Los Angeles.

“I’m excited for the girls who are on the team. I know it’s the most competitive team in the world and I know it could’ve gone either way – me being on the team, me not being on the team,” she said, via The Athletic.

“So, I’m excited for them. I’m going to be rooting them on to win gold. I was a kid that grew up watching the Olympics. So, yeah, it’ll be fun to watch them. 

“No disappointment. I think it just gives you something to work for. That’s a dream. Hopefully, one day I can be there. I think it’s just a little more motivation. You remember that. And hopefully in four years, when four years comes back around, I can be there.”

Her response to reporters on Sunday seemed to earn her newfound respect from basketball fans.

“Humble, classy, professional, I could go on and on,” NHL analyst Colby Cohen wrote on X. “The other players in the @WNBA should take a lesson from Caitlin.”

ESPN anchor Jon Buccigross wrote, “She continues to rise above all the pettiness and selfishness of those around her. Impressive person. Good Midwest stock. (still thinks she ends up on the team).”

College football analyst Danny Kanell wrote, “As great a player as Caitlin Clark is she is even better at handling every bit of BS  that’s been thrown at her. What’s even better is it makes her brand stronger and her haters angrier!”

WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo wrote, “Caitlin could not have handled this situation any better.”

Others called her response “classy.”