Tuesday, March 15, 2016

National Team | Olympian Courtney Thompson featured in New York Times

Profile of USA setter as she wows Brazilian teammates and fans in Rio
Thompson also featured in Volleyball Magazine story 

The American setter Courtney Thompson, rear, trains in Rio de Janeiro under Bernardo Rezende, left, who coached Brazil’s national women’s team for a decade.CreditAna Carolina Fernandes for The New York Times

Today's New York Times features an extended profile of USA Olympic setter Courtney Thompson. A must-read for volleyball fans. An excerpt:

"Walking around the streets, it's very different than the U.S.," Thompson said. "People will say, "Hey, Courtney! You're the American! How's it going? I sat down at a restaurant the other night and the guy across from me, a Brazilian guy, said: 'Courtney, good to see you. How's the season?' You don't ever get that in the U.S. And the level of play? I'm playing with half their national team."

Read the entire feature: An American Olympian prepares, on the enemy's turf.

And don't miss our latest Volleyball Magazine feature: Karch's big dilemma. We profile the three women fighting for the two opposite hitter positions on this summer's Olympic roster. Courtney is a big part of the story, as you'll see.

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