Banwarth Blog: "I Felt Like an Absolute Rock Star"

Nov. 24, 2015, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa, Twitter, Instagram) recently participated in the NBC/USOC Promotional Shoot in West Hollywood, Calif., The purpose of the shoot was to create content in all formats for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After completing her one-day media blitz on Nov. 20 with 17 different interview, video and photo stations, Banwarth took time to blog about her experience (see below). She will be in Nebraska this weekend on another media blitz promoting the upcoming 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament that will be held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 7-9 in Lincoln, Neb.

Related: U.S. Women's National Team Page | NORCECA Olympic Qualifier Tickets

Kayla Banwarth Blog
I recently participated in an Olympic promotion day held by NBC. Located in Hollywood, about 100 Team USA athletes from all over the country and from all different sports attended.”

It was an all-day event with 17 different ‘stations.’ Each station was a photo shoot, interview, or promotion of some kind.

I felt like an absolute rock star! I had a personal assistant following me around all day making sure that my schedule was on time. I had hair and makeup people working on me in between each session, and cameras in my face all day long.

All of this was, of course, to promote the upcoming Olympic Games. Most of the stations were just interviews about USA Volleyball or the Rio Olympics. But some of these stations were a little more memorable than others. On one set I got to dress up like a punk rocker and take pictures. Another photo shoot I got to hang out and take pictures with the cutest little puppy.

And perhaps my favorite part was that one of the sets was built to look just like the beaches of Rio. They brought in sand and had a really cool background picture that made me feel like I was in Brazil!

Overall it was an amazing experience! Thanks to NBC for letting me be a part of it! GO USA!