“Once the Olympic groups were announced, we saw that we had a very strong group, and I think that is the best possible thing to happen for each of us in this group. We will get to face a lot of fierce battles and that is what we have been preparing for the last four years. We are extremely excited to be here.”
USA captain Christa Harmotto Dietzen
“We are thrilled to be here in Rio for the Olympic Games. First of all, Rio loves its volleyball. We are excited to compete on this stage with big crowds. As Karch said, we drew a very competitive pool and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I think in general this team deals with challenges and adversity very well, and that is one of the characteristics of our team. As our team would say, there are 12 here but we have a whole crew that has come through our gym the past four years that has allowed these 12 athletes to compete at the highest levels. We always say that we are much stronger than the 12 here and we are excited to compete on this stage.”
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