Some of Jordan Larson's fans thanked her Saturday for delighting them with her volleyball prowess, and she paid them back with autographs and smiles.
Larson, back in her home state after earning a silver medal this month with Team USA at the Olympic Games in London, signed volleyballs, little balls, photographs, T-shirts and pennants at Scheels in Omaha's Village Pointe shopping center.
“I saw the silver medal,” 6-year-old Adam Palmer of Omaha said after meeting Larson.
Larson did indeed wear the medal. She held it up, posed for photos and grinned, ever the good sport.
“Very, very thankful,” she said in a brief interview as she kept signing. “And I'm happy to be here.”
Some 550 people turned out, a Scheels representative said. The line at one point wrapped in a semicircle around part of the store.
Larson starred at Logan View High School just outside of Hooper, Neb., then helped Nebraska win an NCAA volleyball title.
Rick Welch, club director of the Premier Volleyball program in Omaha, won a smile from Larson when he showed her a photo from when she played club volleyball in his program at age 12 and 13. Her hair was much shorter than she wears it now. She signed the paper on which the photo was mounted.
“She's going to have one tired hand, I'll tell you that,” Welch said.
Jon Schleifer of Omaha had Larson sign his big white Husker flag. The flag contained the signatures of Husker football stars Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Rex Burkhead. “She's my first volleyball player on here,” Schleifer said.
Jordin Foley, 4, stepped up for Larson's autograph. She went around the table so her mom could take a photo of Jordin with Jordan.
“Your name's Jordin, too? Oh, my gosh,” Larson said with childlike enthusiasm. As Larson displayed her medal for the photo, Jordin held up a little gold medal she had won at daycare.
The two medal winners parted, and the volleyball star said: “See ya, Jordin!”
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