Jordan Larson: Olympic champion and outstanding leader

Presenting a member of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission and three-time Olympic medallist

The Olympic gold medal and the Most Valuable Player award at Tokyo 2020 this summer were just the cherry on top of Jordan Quinn Larson’s fabulous volleyball career. The Governor, as the 35-year-old captain of the US women’s national team was nicknamed in her native state of Nebraska back when she successfully competed at the college level, is now serving as a member of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission while continuing to show her versatile skills and outstanding leadership abilities on the volleyball court as well.

Young Jordan gave many sports a try when she was growing up, but it was volleyball that paved the way from her small hometown in Nebraska to international glory as an Olympic and world champion. She got into volleyball at the age of 12 and, playing in a number of different on-court positions, shone at both high-school and college level, reaching the 2006 NCAA Championship title with the University of Nebraska. In her teenage years, Jordan topped the best servers ranking of the 2003 FIVB U18 Volleyball World Championship as a member of her country’s youth national team.

Larson’s international career received a major boost in 2009 when she joined the senior national team and the squad of Russian powerhouse Dinamo Kazan.

The 12 years in the Team USA jersey that followed brought the 1.88m-tall outside hitter huge international success, which peaked twice - in 2014 when they won gold at the FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Italy and in 2021 when they triumphed as Olympic champions in Japan. At Tokyo 2020, Larson was named MVP and honoured on the Dream Team of the tournament.

Larson also medalled at the previous two editions of the Olympic Games, claiming silver at London 2012 and bronze at Rio 2016. With the national team, she has also picked up three titles in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (2018, 2019, 2021), three golds (2010, 2011, 2015) and a silver in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, two silvers and a bronze at the FIVB Volleyball World Cup and a silver and a bronze at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup. In the 2017 edition of the latter, she was also named on the Dream Team. All that, in addition to multiple NORCECA honours at the continental level...

At club level, Larson has played for teams from Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey and China. She spent five seasons each with two of the best clubs in the world, Dinamo Kazan and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, achieving international honours of the highest calibre with both.

With the Russian team, the American star won gold at the 2014 FIVB Club World Championship and the 2014 CEV Champions League, to add to a continental bronze in 2012.

As a player of the Turkish powerhouse, Larson won the world title twice (2015 and 2016) and world bronze once (2018), as well as 2015 gold and 2017 bronze in the Champions League. In 2015, she was named MVP of both competitions.

Jordan Larson is eagerly awaiting her second season in the innovative Athletes Unlimited (AU) professional league in the States after headlining the inaugural season as champion and MVP and while serving on AU’s Players Executive Committee and having a fundamental role in establishing the league.

Larson joined the FIVB Athletes’ Commission in the spring of 2019. In the first-ever Commission elections, held in January 2021, Larson received the highest number of votes in the Volleyball Women category to earn her second term as a Commission member.