A Conversation with Katie Holloway

By Bill Kauffman | June 19, 2014, 3:37 p.m. (ET)

ELBLAG, Poland - Two-time Paralympic silver medalist Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) has helped her U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team to reach the semifinals of the ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships taking place in Elblag, Poland.

Holloway, the Best Spiker at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, was born missing her right fibula and had the lower portion of her leg amputated when she was 20 months old. But that has never stopped her being an athlete. Holloway played several sports prior to college, which allowed her to play NCAA Division I Women's basketball at Cal State Northridge. She played so well that many coaches recruiting her did not know she wore a prosthetic leg.

Holloway was a two-time Big West Sixth Woman of the Year playing basketball. Shortly after her college career, she accepted an offer to play for the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team. Within two years, she was a known star on the sitting court as she was Team USA's leading scorer at the 2008 Paralympics.

Learn more about Holloway in the above interview, which includes her discussing how NCAA basketball helped her on the sitting volleyball court, how she started got involved with the U.S. Sitting Volleyball Team, what she tells others who may be experiencing life challenges whether physical or otherwise, why the U.S. Sitting Team is enjoying so much success, dealing with the age dynamics on the team that has ranged from 14 to 36, how USA Volleyball's new designation as the National Governing Body for Sitting Body will be beneficial to the growth and exposure for the sport, and why volleyball junkies love to play sitting volleyball.

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