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Rogers: Gold in Beijing

August 25, 2008

Phil and I did it!  A crazy but wonderful last 2 weeks.

In the semis we played Georgia and pretty much crushed them with scores of 11 and 13.  We both played very well.  Phil was banging jump serves and stuffing balls and I sided out well and was scooping too.  They did not play anywhere near as well as they did against the Netherlands the match before us.  I am sure they are very dissapointed in the way they played but I think their fourth place finish is pretty impressive considering that they were supposed to take a 9th at best.

In the finals we played Marcio and Fabio from Brasil.  They have had a really rough season this year.  They won an event in Marseille to confirm their entry into the Olympics but other than that their best finish was a 4th this year.  The win in Marseille came with a very weak field as most teams took it off to rest.  Considering that they won a bunch of events in 2007 I would say this year has been a big time struggle.  It was nice to see them play well and get to the finals.  That being said, I still very much wanted to beat them.

I felt that during the first two games both teams played pretty solid ball.  I came out slow but picked it up as the first game went on and we were able to pull out a win 23-21.  In the second I felt like we were in control but then at 13-10 the Brasis went on a 4 point run due to some very good serving by Marcio.  They continued their excellent play and won that game 21-17.  In the third it was all Phil though.  He was in the zone and put Fabio into a telephone booth.  Really impressive performance by Phil in which I feel that he cemented his status as the best player in the world.  He came up huge in the biggest match and then game of his career and that is what the best player in the world does.

Rogers: We did it!!

August 22, 2008

And we did it…After many long, close, and tough matches we did it!
WE WON GOLD!!

Game 1 was a must-win battle and we won 23-21.  In Game 2, we made a few mistakes which resulted in us losing 17-21.  Then came Game 3….there are not many Game 3’s in the Olympics gold medal match but Todd and I found ourselves in a MUST-WIN Game 3 scenario.  If there is one time in an athlete’s career to get fired up, it is the gold medal match!  Game 3 began and I got in a zone…you know that feeling some people describe where they aren’t really thinking but just doing?

Where everything comes together and you are just in that “ZONE”? well, we found ourselves there and pulled through 21-4 and won a gold medal for ourselves, our team, and our country.  It was one of most memorable experiences of my life to see the American flag raised and hear USA’s national anthem on that podium.

There will be nothing better than getting on that plane back to the United States with both the men’s and women’s gold medals in beach volleyball.  Congratulations Misty and Kerri!  I want to take my hat off to the other USA Olympians.  Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal, Elaine Youngs, and Nicole Branagh fought a good fight and represented the USA  with class and dignity.  But before getting on that plane, there will be some definite celebration.  We will head over to the basketball arena to cheer for Team USA and watch them win Gold.  Check out avp.com for pictures and video!

Gold medal pictures

August 22, 2008

AVP Blog: Todd & Phil clinch

August 20, 2008

Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser clinched a medal today as they crushed Georgia 21-11, 21-13 in one of the quickest match in the Olympics. The victims of the Dalhausser/Rogers beatdown were Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro…those names may ring a bell as they are native Brazilians that became Georgia citizens to compete in the Olympics. Because of the country quota system on the FIVB, only two teams from each country are given Olympic berths. With Emanuel/Ricardo and Marcio/Fabio receiving the berths, Gomes/Terceiro found other means to the Olympics through Georgia.

On Friday (Thursday evening in the US), Todd and Phil will play against Brazil’s Marcio and Fabio, who upset reigning gold medalists and Brazil’s number 1 team of Emanuel and Ricardo 22-20, 21-18. Kerri
Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will compete for the gold medal in the women’s final Thursday (Wednesday evening in the US) against China. If they succeed, they will make history as the first team ever to win consecutive gold medals in beach volleyball. The win will also mark
Kerri Walsh’s 100th victory.

Todd Rogers: Updates from the Beijing sand …

August 19, 2008

USA vs. 3 Brasilians
Phil and I are the lone team left in the men’s side of the tourney that doesn’t originally hale from Brasil. Obviously there are the defending gold medalists from Brasil, Ricardo and Emannuel. They are playing Marcio and Fabio also from Brasil. The last team from Brasil is playing under the Georgian flag and they will be our competition at 9am tomorrow morning.

We have played the Georgian team a handful of times over the past 2 years. I don’t think we have lost to them. The right sider is a smaller guy, probably around my size, with a whip of an arm and very good all around ball control. He has a very good jump serve when he gets it going that can wreak some havoc. The left side guy is the blocker. He is probably only about 6’5 but has exceptionally long arms and puts up a good size block. Should be a good match. They have been playing well and it was a pretty big upset when the took down the team from the Netherlands.

Into the Semis
I have been having trouble finding time to keep everyone up to date. I wanted to blog everyday but it just seems like there is to much to do to get it all done. Also, wanted to let everyone know who is posting that I am reading your post and I appreciate all the support. Have not had the time to post back though but certainly will once the games are over.

Good times the last couple of days. We had that battle against Swizterland and the next day I went to the airport and picked up my wife. Very happy to see her and have her here in support. No kids though. It was a decision that I agonized over for awhile but felt it would be the best call not to have them here. After being here for a couple of days I am glad I made that decision. My kids would not have had a very good time. They would have loved watching me play but they would have been bored out of their minds most of the time. Not to mention that all the venues are a fair distance away from one another and you have to spend about 30 minutes or more in a cab to go to most of the venues. If I actually play for another 4 years and happen to make it to the 2012 games, then I would definetely take them. Long ways away though and I have no desire to even think that far down the road.

On Monday morning we beat the German team of David Klemperer and Eric Koreng. Very athletic team and a couple of very good guys in general.

I have the utmost respect for both of them as players and people. Phil played very well. Probably the best he has played so far. I played okay but struggled to pass a bit which made it tough for Phil to set me with consistancy. This of course led to errors, blocks and digs for the Germans. We were fortunate that we won the match in 2 games.

Today we trained in the morning at the site and then Melissa and I did a little shopping at the USA House. They have some great stuff there with the Olympic Logo and USA on them. Winding down the day now. Time to take a steam, have some dinner, and hit the hey for tomorrow’s 9am match vs. the Georgian team.

Todd Rogers: The Swiss are dangerous

August 19, 2008

Well I was totally wrong on how the draw worked! We ended up being the 8th seed and will play Laciga/Schneider from Switzerland. The winner of our match will then play the winner of China and Germany (Klemperer/Koreng).

The Swiss are a dangerous team. They are both former blockers and both have big jump serves especially Martin Laciga. He is not afraid to go for it at any time within a game. They both pass okay and set very well. Martin likes a shoot set to the pin and Jan likes a bit of lob set but not quite out to the pin. They are probably 6’6 and 6’5 respectively.

The last time we played them was in Norway where we beat them in 3. In that game we won easily in the first game. They were trying to bomb their jump serves and missed a lot of serves. In the second game they served me jump float serves and caught me totally off guard. We battled and I actually had a dig and chance for putaway at 20-19 but Jan stuffed me and then proceeded to stuff me 2 more times in a row.
In the third we won 15-11 or 12.

Looking forward to playing at 9am tomorrow morning. The women have started us off strong so hopefully us men can continue that trend.

Geeter: Phil and Todd are amazing!

August 17, 2008

Down 6-love in the 3rd to the Swiss!!!! That was riiiidiculous, I never ever would have thought that could ever happen to Phil and Todd….It did, and I didn’t think anyone could ever come back from
that….and they did. What a match for the ages, and who knows, maybe a defining moment in their careers…it all depend on where it goes from here.

Jake and Rosie were unreal last night, Beijing loves these guys…and why not, they are fun to watch, they play hard and have great chemisty…

Emanuel and Ricardo showed last night why they are champions. I’m telling you, the Russians had 4 match points against them and 2 swings for match and Ricardo stuffed them all. The amazing thing was Emanuel’s poise throught the whole thing. The guy looked unfazed and confident even when faced with elimination. The mens quarters with rosie/gibb vs emanuel/ricardo is going to be one for the ages. I’m picking the “Son of Jo-rel” and “The Big Nasty” 15-12 in the 3rd.

Tonight is gonna be nuts here in Beijing. Nicole and EY play China 2 and this place will be going nuts. There will 11,000 chineese and probably the rest will be red, white, and blue…I’m gonna do my part and take down the Chinese announcer and I feel the girls are ready.

I’mm having a great time here. There is so much pressure to these matches and if you are a volly fanatic, or just love sports in general, then the olympics is good times. I love calling these matches and being a part of it. I have had some people back home ask if I’m subdued here or held back a little. The answer is no, not subdued…I think. I’ve been out on the court and dancing and all that stuff, but it definitely is different. The protocal and rules make it a challenge for me. I have between 7 minutes and 3 minutes on the clock to get things going, then its ref announcements and player intros. During the match, the sound system is not to great, but the place definitely rocks. There are so many people raging that it really doesnt matter how you announce…The people are fired up. one thing ive learned is that olympics are all about the athletes and the matches. the beach volleyball venue is the place to be and it seems like everyone leaves loving it…the only bummer is having to explain everything each day because it’s mostly all new people. The best part is announcing to our players and fans and dropping in “AVP” dialogue…nobody in China gets it…or cares cause they are just yelling “ji yo” but our players love it so i will keep doing it.

On a little tast of beijing, its pretty amazing driving in a bus or taxi here. People on bikes and pedestrians walking are like 3rd class citizens at best. Cars ignore them and i’ve seen almost 500 people hit daily, but somehow they dont get hit. They are like those little birds in the road that nobody really cares about (sorry PITA)…you know the ones…they are tiny and in the street and you just drive. If you hit em, who cares, but somehow you always look back and they escaped…people on bikes and pedestrians walking are like that…amazing

Saw the Birds Nest and the Cube and some temples yesterday. Those were the local sites i saw with NBC cameraman Greg and husband of avp player Sarah Straton. It was unreal seeing some of these temples and having a coldie while chilling at the birds nest…all worth it.

Riding the train/subway is an experience (see youtube of guy shoving people into train by hitting with stick) and you will know what i mean. You really have to act like a fullback and lower your shoulder just to gain a few yards and get that first down. Getting off the train was a workout. I was crushing people with my huge AVP Crocs backpack…it just has to be done or you miss your stop.

Miss you kids, see you later, I’m off to announce Nic/EY vs china USA JI YO!
Geeter

Phil Dalhausser: On a roller coaster

August 16, 2008

Well, it has been a roller coaster of emotions the past few days but Todd and I have found our groove and won’t stop until we bring home the gold. After our performance and outcome against Latvia in our first game of the Olympics, we have been playing pretty well and are No. 2 in our pool. We will begin single elimination tomorrow when we face the Swiss.

Outside of volleyball, I want to give you all a quick rundown of what’s been going on. Opening Ceremonies was such a great experience.

Being in a room and chatting with USA’s best athletes was a moment to remember. Kobe, LeBron, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony. Even though it was a long day and I was up on my feet for 8 or so hours the day before I played, it was definitely worth it. Todd and I have been trying to stick to a routine while we are here in Beijing. We work out at BNU (USOC’s workout facility) during the day, hang out at our hotel, and try to catch as much indoor and beach volleyball as we can. Last night, we went to a sushi party at the Oakley safehouse and today we are gearing up for our first match in bracket play.

I want to throw out a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to fellow teammate Kerri Walsh!

GO USA!
Phil