Jordan Larson
From her humble beginnings in Hooper, Nebraska all the way to the world’s biggest stage, volleyball player Jordan Larson is proof that growing up in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t make it big.

At the age of 12, Larson and her parents sat down and made goals: start on the high school team, play in college, and play on the US Women’s National Team.

Jordan Larson

Achieving those goals was her next task, but she knew it wasn’t going to be easy. “Growing up in a town of 900 people meant I wasn’t going to be seen, or get options athletes have at bigger clubs,” she said. “Ultimately, I put myself out there and was able to achieve what I set out to achieve.”

Jordan Larson

Larson wanted to make sure she would be seen, so she traveled an hour-and-a-half every Saturday to a bigger gym to train. “It was an additional way to better my jump and speed as well as experience what it’s like to get to the next level of play.”
All of the traveling took up a lot of time, but Larson was able to find a balance and reap the benefits from taking her training to the next level. “It takes hard work, dedication, and sacrifice,” she explained. “You need to do everything you can to be your best self.”

Jordan Larson

Along with her weekend training, Larson also played multiple sports in high school, so she was active year round. “I was always into volleyball,” she said, “but working on other sports gave me a mental and physical break from the sport I love. It made me a more versatile athlete.”

Jordan Larson

Her dedicated training has led to her success, but Larson also attributes her accomplishments to the people around her. “I always had solid coaching and teammates. When you’re surrounding yourself with good people and are open to feedback, you’ll not only become a better player, but a better person.”

Jordan Larson

Larson has reached all the goals she set at age 12. Four years ago, she came up short of the win, so she’s adding a new one to her list to top off the trifecta, “My #OneGoal is winning it all with this team. We’ve come a long way, and I’m really excited to see what this team can do.”

Larson has gone from the high school kid hitting her volleyball up against the garage door at night to a small town hero performing on the world’s biggest stage. She is living proof that hard work and dedication can take you places.
Check out the video below for Larson’s full story.