Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2016 – An Olympic title may have eluded USA’s Jordan Larson-Burbach at London 2012 when the team settled for silver, but with a FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship and World Grand Prix title under her belt – as well as a host of individual honours – the 29-year-old could easily end her Rio 2016 campaign with a gold medal around her neck.
Known as “The Governor” due to her celebrity status in her native Nebraska the wing spiker played multiple sports during her youth, before settling for volleyball.
Larson played for the University of Nebraska in her college years, leading the Huskers to the NCAA title in 2006. She was twice named to the All-America First Team.
After college, the outside hitter moved overseas to briefly play in Puerto Rico before moving to Russia and Dinamo Kazan for five seasons. She has been with Turkey’s Eczacibasi Istanbul since 2014, helping them win a FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship and European Champions League in 2015, claiming the named MVP award at both events.