TEAM USA: Is Kelsey Plum married? Californian helps US bag 2 wins in Olympic 3x3 basketball
Kelsey Plum scored 6 baskets in a 17-10 victory over France and scored six more for the US in its 21-9 victory over Mongolia in the Oympics
Basketball sensation Kelsey Plum made her native Poway proud as she became the second-leading scorer for the United States in both its victories at the inaugural Olympic women's 3X3 basketball tournament on Saturday, July 24. Plum has won several accolades in the span of her career and much of her professional life has been public, but the details of her personal life are rare.
The 26-year-old athlete from San Diego, California, scored six baskets in a 17-10 victory over France at Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. She scored six more for the US in its 21-9 victory over Mongolia later on July 24. After the victory over France, Plum acknowledged the presence of First Lady Jill Biden at the game and said the team was "excited to get the win for her".
“It was kind of good to get the jitters out of the way,” Plum said after the match. “The tournament will just get better. You are in your first game on a worldwide stage, but once we started and the shots started falling, we were just able to be ourselves.” With the first of her two 2-point baskets, Plum had already given the US the lead for over one and half minutes into the 10-minute game. France was able to cut the lead to 9-8 following Mamignan Toure’s 2-point basket with 4:17 remaining. Finally, Plum concluded a 5-0 US run with a stunning basket that gave her team a 14-8 lead with 2:58 remaining.
Who is Kelsey Plum's husband?
While Plum's athletic feats have been out for the world to witness, her love life has rarely been discussed. This is because the Poway resident has been rather private about her personal life.
While it may come as a heartbreak for many of Plum's secret admirers, it's worth noting she has been married for five years now. She took her wedding vows on February 17, 2016, and her husband's name is Josh. The couple is said to have been dating since their college days and are yet to welcome a child. That said, Kelsey has three siblings — two sisters and a brother.
The first game on Saturday was graced by the presence of First lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Plum said it was “an honor” and “an opportunity to play in front of the first lady”. “We are excited to get the win for her,” she said after the win over France. “We asked her to come back, so hopefully she has time for us. I loved it. As soon as we walked out, we saw her in the stands. She waved and she brought all the energy, so we are grateful for that," she added.
For those who aren't familiar with 3X3 basketball, the game is played on a half-court with a 12-second shot clock. Baskets made inside the arc and free throws give you one point, while baskets made from outside the arc are worth two points. The first team to score 21 points or the leading team at the end of the 10-minute game clock is declared the winner.