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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 13:53
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I have officially been a part of 4 NORCECA Olympic zone qualifiers, and I have won each of them.  4 times I have been a part of those great teams, and 4 times we have booked our tickets to the Olympic Games.  It is and always will be a great honor to represent our amazing country.  It never gets old hearing the Star Spangled Banner played before a match, or after a tournament win.  I proudly put my hand over my heart and sing along with the words.  I have been fortunate enough to have done that for quite some time now. 

This past qualification tournament was just a little sweeter, as we got to qualify in front of our home fans in Long Beach, CA.  Long Beach is just down the freeway from where we train in Anaheim.  The excitement in the gym was electric.  Thousands of fans chanting U-S-A.  Proud wives, kids, parents, and friends letting us know that they were all behind us.  I think for most of the people in that gym, besides watching us play in London on TV, their Olympic experience came to an end.  I am just grateful to USA Volleyball for giving them that chance to feel the excitement that goes along with the Olympic Games. 

London will be my 4th Olympic Games.  Each one different but special.  Going back as defending champions is something that I am very proud of.  I look forward to the challenge of getting back to the finals and seeing what we are made of.  We continue to make strides in practice.  We continue to work hard.  In the end, that is all you can do.  You are either good enough, or someone else is better.  I think we are good enough.  There will be no better time to catch fire than at the end of July through the middle of August. 

Where is your journey taking you??

Ryan

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