Why number eight?
The jersey number 8 was not something I chose, it was given to me when I made my first roster on Team USA. It’s interesting though as it’s become part of my identity, sort of synonymous with my name. I wore #10 in High School and #14 in College.
I love number 8 for several reasons. It is an even number. If turned on it’s side is the infinity symbol and has a sense of overall balance to it. I try to live “balanced” and be a balanced thinker. I want to play balanced or in other words, in control, striving to be a good all-around player.
Now it’s time to convince the FIVB that beach players should have personal numbers. It’s incredibly boring for everyone to be 1 and 2. Let’s give the statisticians and referees a little more credit, I think they can keep track of the athletes and their preferred numbers (4 at a time).
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