Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook remembers the moment quite clearly: A 15-year-old kid from Hooper named Jordan Larson, listing out her goals in for a volleyball career.
Play at Nebraska. Make a career out of volleyball. Play in the Olympics.
Check. Check. Check.
Larson, a starter for Team USA — the world’s No. 1 team for the last three years — officially became a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Tuesday.
“Words cannot express my excitement to be a part of this team,” Larson said in a statement. ”It has been something I have dreamed about for a very long time. I would like to thank all my family, friends, coaches and teammates who have helped me along the way to be the player and person I am today. I couldn’t have done it without you all.”
When I talked to her Monday — for a story you’ll read in The World-Herald soon – she said she got chills just thinking about the trip to London. She also talked about the journey to make this team, one that took her to more than ten countries and a pro career in a Russian town “halfway between Moscow and Siberia.” Good stuff.
If you want to congratulate Larson, go to her blog: http://usavolleyball.org/blogs/blog-for-jordan-larson/posts/3654-what-a-summer
Former Husker Nancy Metcalf, who made the Olympic team in 2004, is a replacement player for the U.S. squad.