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USA’s Evan Patak a force for the future

USA's Evan Patak has the 2012 Olympic Games as a major goal
Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 January, 2010 - USA’s up-and-coming star Volleyball Evan Patak has been labeled a force for the future by Team USA assistant coach Rick McLaughlin and has the potential to hit the big time at the 2012 Olympic Games.

McLaughlin, speaking to the Mercury News in San José, California, said that the young up and coming star is improving year on year and could peak at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“Evan has been given a golden opportunity, and he’s made the most of it,” said McLaughlin. “The way he is hitting the ball right now, he will be a force for this country when it comes time for the next Olympics,” he added.

Patak, who plays opposite, missed out on being part of the gold medal team that were victorious in Beijing 2008, but the 25 year-old is using that as motivation.

“Watching my friends and teammates win a gold medal was an emotional experience," Patak said. "It gave me concrete evidence that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

“On a personal level, I noticed significant improvements in the level of my game compared to years past. In addition, there were numerous times in matches when I contributed to the success of my team.”


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