Olympic Volleyball 2012: Destinee Hooker Ready for Leap into Spotlight in London

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Olympic Volleyball 2012: Destinee Hooker Ready for Leap into Spotlight in London
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Destinee Hooker has emerged as a star for the 2012 U.S. Olympic volleyball team. She will be a huge part of the U.S. team during the London Games, and will soon be thrust into the spotlight.

Hooker is a two-sport athlete whose background as a high jumper has helped her become an elite volleyball player on the international stage, and her career in the spotlight will begin with a dominant performance in London.

Hooker could have been an Olympian in either sport, but she chose volleyball. Her ability to elevate well comes from her experience as a jumper, and is crucial to her game, but she excels in all areas.

A stud at the University of Texas, Hooker found great success in both volleyball and as a high jumper. At 6'4" and 160 pounds she has the perfect frame for both sports, and her list of awards and achievements in college is incredible.

Hooker was named to the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First Team All-America and was the 2008-09 Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year. A three-time AVCA All-Central Region First Team and six-time Big 12 Player of the Week, she was a volleyball stud.

However, she had just as much success as a jumper.

She was a three-time NCAA Outdoor High Jump Champion, the 2009 NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion, 2009 USTFCCCA Division I South Central Female Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

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She averaged 5.15 points, 1.65 digs and 0.85 blocks per set at the FIVB World Grand Prix, and she helped the U.S. take home gold at the event. She was also named the MVP of the event because of it.

Entering 2012 she had won three gold medals and a silver in her last four major international competitions, helping the Americans to unbelievable success over that time.

She now looks to continue that trend and win her first Olympic medal in London. With her skill and athleticism, and the talents of her fellow Americans, you can bet that it will be a gold.

Hooker is not a household name right now. She is only known by those who truly follow volleyball, but that won't be the case for much longer.

Once she helps the Americans make a deep run, the team will gain popularity and the stars of the team will become known as they compete for gold.

The 24-year-old from Texas will undoubtedly be among the stars who gain popularity. She is the best player on the team, and her role as the MVP will become common knowledge during the Games.

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