Athlete Spotlight: Logan Tom

By Paul D. Bowker | May 23, 2012, 12:30 a.m. (ET)
Logan Tom

Logan Tom is a three-time Olympian who is regarded as one of the best indoor volleyball players in the world. The London 2012 Olympic Games would be her fourth. Tom became an Olympian at age 19, between her freshman and sophomore years at Stanford, and at the time, was the youngest women’s Olympic volleyball player in U.S. history.

Totaling 96 kills and 64 digs in a fourth-place effort at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and scoring three of the last five points in a five-set, quarterfinal-round victory over South Korea, Tom established a strong international career that has included a silver medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a fifth-place finish at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and gold medals at the 2011 and 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. At Stanford, she was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Year twice and was one of just three players in NCAA history to be named an AVCA First Team All-American four times.

Bet you didn’t know this: Logan’s dad, Melvyn, was a defensive end in the National Football League who played nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. A native of Hawaii, Mel taught Logan how to surf on the islands’ beaches.

Claim to fame: In her third Olympic Games at Beijing in 2008, Tom scored 124 points, the most of any 2008 Olympian, and started all 33 sets in leading Team USA to a silver medal.

Age at Opening Ceremony: 31
Sport: Women’s indoor volleyball