Professional beach volleyball player Steven VanderWerp says being an Olympic hopeful not only takes a lot of determination and motivation, but future Olympians spend hours every day in the gym, on the beach practicing their game, and focusing on nutrition. Watch 2016 Olympic hopeful Steven VanderWerp share his Olympic dream:
“Going to the Olympics takes a lot of hard work, a lot of training,” VanderWerp said. “It’s not a week goal, it’s a four-year dream and it’s about a lifelong dream of mine to represent the United States in the Olympics.”
For VanderWerp, a typical day of training involves being in the gym for two to three hours per day and practicing some Olympic lifting. He then spends time with an agility coach, and they hit the beach for more training. With his eyes already set on the future gold, he’s pushing for the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020.
The International Volleyball Federation recently adopted new rules concerning acceptable tournament apparel; female volleyball players typically wore bikinis or something similar. But the new rule allows for all players to wear sleeved tops and shorts. “It’s a good option for them,” VanderWerp said. ”I don’t know how many people will do it, but for them to have the option, it’s great.”
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