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A change of heart seems unlikely, as by the time the next Olympics
come around Rogers will be pushing 43. And it is just possible that
their post-Olympic appearance at Stare Jablonki, Poland, where they
won a bronze medal, could be their last-ever tournament together on
the FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
“I’d like to play in some of the fun ones next year, but we shall see,”
said Rogers. “It’s been a disappointing year. When we look back we
made the semifinals in six of our eight tournaments. Most would
consider that a pretty good year, but Phil and I have set our sights and
expectations a bit higher.”
After teaming up in 2005, Rogers-Dalhausser went from strength to
strength, year on year: they won their first World Tour gold medal
in 2006, followed by the FIVB World Championship in 2007 and the
Olympic Games in 2008. In 2010, they won the World Tour with an
incredible nine gold medals from 12 events.
If it is indeed the end of the road for Rogers and Dalhausser, it is the
end of an era not only for American men’s beach volleyball but for the
sport worldwide.
Todd Rogers realises the end is nigh
‘We made the semifinals
in six of our eight
tournaments. Most
would consider that a
pretty good year, but
Phil and I have set our
sights and expectations
a bit higher’