UC alum Jordan Thompson selected for U.S. Olympic Team
The 2020 grad is the first former UC student-athlete to compete in an Olympic volleyball event
Former University of Cincinnati volleyball player Jordan Thompson was selected for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team, which will compete at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, USA Volleyball announced Monday.
Thompson (CECH '18, M '19) has been with Team USA as they prepare for the Olympics with the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy.
She will become the first former UC student-athlete to compete in an Olympic volleyball event, the 17th former Bearcat in the Olympics, the 10th for Team USA and the first since Mary Wineberg (track & field) in 2008.
Women's indoor volleyball will be contested July 25-August 8 at Ariake Arena in Koto City, Tokyo, Japan. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, U.S. women's indoor volleyball athletes won bronze. The full U.S. Olympic women's indoor volleyball roster will feature 12 athletes and is subject to U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee approval.
About Jordan Thompson
- Member of U.S. Women's National Team since 2019
- Started professional career in Turkey in 2020
- Set Cincinnati school record with 827 kills during 2018 season...6.27 kills per set broke NCAA record
- Set NCAA rally-scoring record with 50 kills Nov. 3, 2019 vs. Connecticut
- AVCA Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 2019
- Also represented U.S. on Women's Collegiate National Team in 2016 and 2017
Check out the 2020 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball preview and the 2020 Olympic indoor volleyball schedule.
Featured image at top: Jordan Thompson as a UC athlete. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
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