The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Jim Rueda

October 1, 2008

Olympian Berg visits MSU volleyball practice

The members of the Minnesota State University volleyball team were given a rare treat Wednesday as they got to talk to and rub shoulders with U.S. Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Berg at MSU’s Taylor Center.

Berg was in town at the request of MSU head coach Dennis Amundson who worked with the future Olympian while she attended the University of Minnesota and is also good friends with her father, Dennis Berg.

“Lindsey is just one of those players who gets it done,” Amundson said before his team’s practice. “All her life, people have been telling her she’s too small or too this or too that .... well guess what, she isn’t.”

Berg’s credentials are impressive. She recently helped the U.S. Olympic team to a second-place finish at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was also a member of the U.S. team that finished fifth in the 2004 Olympics. The native Hawaiian and former three-time All-American for the Gophers has played professionally in Italy for the past few years.

“She spent more than an hour and a half talking to our players (Wednesday),” Amundson said. “I just wanted our team to see what players are like who compete at the highest level. I’m sure they asked her a lot of questions I would have never thought to ask her.”

Berg, who is taking a year off from volleyball while she rehabs her surgically repaired knee, says she’s glad to come out and talk to players and teams and share her Olympic experience. She says volleyball has given her a chance to travel all over the world, plus earn a livelihood, so she takes nothing for granted.

The most asked questions she gets are: Did you meet Michael Phelps? What was it like to stand on the podium? Did you get to see much of Beijing? Her short answers are yes, great and no.

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