Larson on track to lead USA in quest for Olympic gold
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 25, 2020 - Jordan Larson has put
her planned retirement on hold until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
Games, now to be held next year due to the coronavirus pandemic,
as she still plans to lead USA in their quest for the sole major
gold medal that still eludes them, reports 1011 Now broadcaster
from her hometown in Nebraska.
After five years in Russia playing for Dinamo Moscow and another
five in Turkey with Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, the 33-year-old
outside hitter joined China's Shanghai last year - though she
managed to return home to the USA just in time to beat the
current travel restrictions across the world.
Larson led USA to gold at the 2014 FIVB World Championship in
Milan and followed up with a couple more gold medals in the two
FIVB Volleyball Nations League editions so far. But at the
Olympic Games she only holds a silver from London 2012 and a
bronze from Rio 2016.
She was planning to retire from the national team after her
third Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020, and although this
competition has now been pushed back to 2021, Larson still
counts on being there for a shot at that all-elusive Olympic
"Putting on the USA jersey means the world to me," Larson said.
"That's why I'm okay with it extending a year."
"A lot of us are a little bit bummed," she added "I am most
grateful that it's not canceled. That could've been ten times
worse. I think that's a great benefit for us - it gives us more
time to prepare."