Olympians enjoy stop in Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff was fortunate to host two Olympic athletes Monday. Bobsled gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz and volleyball silver medalist Jordan Larson held youth clinics in conjunction with the Cornhusker State Games and Livewell Nebraska.

"I always heard the other Jordan(Wilberger) talk about Scottsbluff, but I had never been here," Larson said. "I'm excited to check it out. I drove by Chimney Rock and it looks just like the quarter."

Larson, along with Cougar coach Giovanna Melo and her staff, instructed around 30-girls at Western Nebraska Community College.

"I just want to give them some basics that they can use everyday that will make them better volleyball players," Larson said.

Larson said she was 12 when she realized volleyball could be a big part of her future. The Hooper, Nebraska native says not every small town Nebraska girl will end up being an All-American for the Huskers and an Olympian, but she hopes that her success will show young girls that they can dream big and have success.

Larson is playing for a club team in Russia when not working out with the USA team. She said she is using this summer to decide whether she will continue to do both.

Tomasevicz, who had around 20 youngsters attend his strength and agility clinic at Bearcat Stadium, is not wondering about his future. He is continuing his training in Colorado Springs in a bid to earn another four-man bobsled gold medal.

"I'm almost 33 so I am on the upper end of bobsledding life," he said. "I would like to make one more Olympic games before I move on."
The former Nebraska football walk-on from Shelby says the competition is stiff.

Larson and Tomasevicz will appear in North Platte today as they make a week long trip across the state to do clinics and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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