I think a realistic aim for us is to get ourselves solidly in the main draw
and become one of the top 10 teams in the world. If things really
work out we could potentially win a tournament,” Rogers added.
We do plan on playing in the World Championships in Stare
Jablonki. I have always enjoyed it there and look forward to going
back again. Things have been going very well. Ryan and I are on our
third week of training but are taking it slow and easy so as to be
ready for the big tournaments come June, July and August.”
The Stare Jablonki Grand Slam was the venue for Rogers and
Dalhausser’s final tournament together, the week immediately
after the London Olympics. It continued their impressive run at the
tournament with a third-place finish, to add to the two gold medals
that they had won in 2010 and 2011.
Rogers and Dalhausser’s partnership had been one of the most
successful in recent years. As well as winning gold at the Beijing 2008
Olympic Games, they won the 2007 FIVB World Championships and
the 2010 FIVB World Tour. In total they won 21 gold medals on the
World Tour, seven silvers and nine bronze.
At the end of the year though and with Rogers unlikely to continue
on to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, Dalhausser opted to
team up with Rosenthal. Rosenthal and Jacob Gibb were last year’s
FIVB World Tour winners and when Dalhausser chose him to be the
man to help him to a second Olympic gold, Rogers had no problem
in bringing the partnership to an end.
Phil and I had a great run from 2006 to 2012 but all good things
eventually come to an end,” Rogers said. “He wants to pursue
playing in Rio and that is not a goal of mine so he needed to find a
new partner. 2011 and 2012 were not up to Phil and Todd standards
and so it was time to change. We were still one of the best teams in
the world but it just wasn’t there anymore.”
For now Rogers is working his hardest to ensure that he goes out
on his terms as a player. He is almost certain that he won’t carry on
to Rio, but even though he gave it some consideration at the end of
it will be a little while longer yet before he finally calls it a day.
Retirement was an option that I looked at, (but it) didn’t make sense
for me yet though,” he said. “I still have sponsors and still would like
to play for another year and help Ryan fulfil his potential as a beach
volleyball player. I don’t anticipate playing another four years, but
I will definitely play this year and maybe another year after that if
things work out.”
I don’t anticipate playing another
four years, but I will definitely
play this year and maybe another
year after that if things work out.
Rogers has already begun a new chapter of his career, alongside Ryan