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Journey to London Begins in Anaheim

April 19, 2012, 5:46 p.m. (ET)

Courtesy Anaheim

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

NOTE: The City of Anaheim contributed to this release.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 19, 2012) – April 18 marked 100 days to the 2012 London Olympic Games, and for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Volleyball Teams, the Journey to London Begins in Anaheim!

Anaheim, the Official Host City of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams, has encouraged its residents, businesses and guests to display their Olympic Spirit and join them in looking forward to an exciting summer.

USA Volleyball players and coaches visited Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim City Council members at the April 17 City Council meeting to share their appreciation of the community’s support as they train in Anaheim. Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.), head coach for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and three-time Olympian, were joined by four-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Olympic hopeful Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.).

“This is an exciting year for Anaheim sports teams, and we couldn’t be more proud of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Team athletes who train right here in Anaheim,” Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. “There’s nothing like the Olympic Games to make one swell with pride! We will watch these world-class athletes with great anticipation this summer, knowing they represent not just Anaheim and Orange County, but our entire country. Go Team USA!”

“Being able to have training here in Anaheim is really nice,” Anderson said. “It allows most of us time close to our families and close friends. The fact that the training center is sea level, gives us the best atmosphere to acclimate to match-like situations. Finally it provides us the ability to get a release from volleyball. Most of us play overseas and by the time we return home we are wiped out mentally. Having Anaheim as our home base, we are not only able to enjoy all that it has to offer, but all that Orange County and surrounding counties have.”

The U.S. Women, led by head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and currently ranked No. 1 in the world, have qualified to participate in the London Games. The squad will seek to better its 2008 Olympic Games silver medal. The U.S. Men, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, continues the path towards qualification and the opportunity to defend its 2008 Gold Medal win. The U.S. Men will host the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in nearby Long Beach, Calif. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information on the tournament, visit usavolleyball.org/events/9899.

"It is so awesome to train in Anaheim," Scott-Arruda said. "One of the benefits is training at sea level. We've also been provided optimal training conditions at the American Sport Centers with its multiple volleyball courts, a great lifting facility equipped by 24 hour fitness, a training room for rehab and recovery and team room for video and relaxation. All of these things are needed for our preparation for London. The community support is wonderful, not to mention it is the home of Disneyland! Thanks Anaheim!"

Since 2006 Anaheim has been identified as a United States city with international sports distinction and American pride experienced every four years through the phenomenon of the Olympic Games. The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team moved its training headquarters from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to Anaheim in 2006, followed by the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in 2009.

Join the City as it celebrates the teams on their quest for Olympic success. The Journey to London Begins in Anaheim.

The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 341,000 residents and more than 3,100 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.4 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit anaheim.net.