The U.S. men and women’s basketball teams arrived in Rio and they didn’t go to the Olympic Village, they went right to the luxury cruise ship that will house them for the next 20 days. Both teams have spent the last few weeks crisscrossing the country on pre-Olympic exhibition tours and the travel was starting to get to them. And let’s be honest, RIO hasn’t exactly stepped up to the plate with their accomodations for the Olympic athletes. The village has been robbed, had plumbing and electrical issues and the security detail was just fired. Yeah, I’d rather shack up on a luxury cruise liner, too.
“When you spend eight nights in five different hotels it’s tough to get into a routine,” Auriemma said. “Now we’re in the same place for a while and can focus on our goal.” It’s the second time both teams will be housed on a cruise ship during the Olympics. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Carmelo Anthony — all four-time Olympians — were on those squads.
“I’ve never been on a cruise,” Taurasi joked. “The last time I was on a boat was in 2004 in Athens when we stayed on the Queen Mary. So this has kind of almost been like normal for my Olympic experience.” Winning gold medals has been normal for the American women, who will be trying for a sixth consecutive one in Rio. They’ve won 41 straight Olympic contests.