Jordan Larson was overcome with emotion following Team USA’s gold-medal win over Brazil on Sunday.
“I’m just still in a state of shock,” Larson said.
The U.S. volleyball veteran led the team to its first-ever Olympic gold after capturing silver in 2012 and bronze in 2016.
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“I cried more in the last 24 hours than I think I have in my career,” Larson said. “I’m not an emotional player, an emotional person, but I think just the emotions got the best of me. I’m now in kind of this euphoria, a state of shock.”
Larson delivered the match-winning point for the Americans, adding to the heightened emotions following Sunday’s victory.
Coach Karch Kiraly, who joined Lang Ping of China as the second person to win volleyball gold as a coach and player, lauded Larson’s performance.
“I couldn’t write a better story for her,” Kiraly said of Larson’s game-deciding spike.
“We had to learn that in London and in Rio that we just weren’t enough at that point. Did we believe it in that moment? Absolutely. We had to go one extra step to figure it out,” Larson said, reflecting on her team’s Olympic journey.
“A lot of people had to sacrifice a lot for us to be here and had to learn along the way.”