London Olympics: US Volleyball Medal Hopes Hinge on Logan Tom, Other Veterans

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 8, 2012

BEIJING - AUGUST 09:  (L-R) Nicole Davis #6, Danielle Scott-Arruda #2, Logan Tom #15, Tayyiba Haneef-Park #3 and Robyn Ahmow-Santos #11 of the United States celebrate a play against Japan durng their women's volleyball preliminary match at the Capital Indoor Stadium during Day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The veterans are the key for the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, including Logan Tom. Tom will play in her fourth Olympic Games during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and she will seek her first gold medal in London with the U.S. Olympic Volleyball team.

Tom is an incredible player. The 31-year-old is a true veteran. While she has never done better than winning silver, she will look to take home gold with her fellow veterans.

The hopes of USA volleyball will rely heavily on the veterans of the team, many of whom ave made previous Olympic teams.

Lindsey Berg, Nicole Davis,Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Danielle Scott-Arruda, Jennifer Tamas (alternate) and Tom were all part of the 2008 Olympic team that won silver, and will look to find a new level of success by winning gold.

Some of these players could be considered the best on the team, but Tom could easily be called the best all-around player the U.S. has.

Having five returning members from the last Olympic team bodes well for the Americans, as the U.S. team will have both experience and talent this year.

These returning players are all extremely talented and will provide a great core for the 2012 team. However, they are not alone, as new members will join the team and bring their talent.

While the new members have a lot of potential, they will need leadership and guidance. Luckily, the veterans can provide that.

They are not only needed for their contributions to the team, but they will also guide the new players to success.

Tom is arguably the best player on the team, and her experience will help her be the leader. She has the power to control the team, and she will help lead them to success.

The X-factor for this team is the leadership that these vets will provide.

If the new players can control their emotions and keep calm during the Games, they will become stars. However, they will only be able to do so if the veterans on this team can guide them.