Imagine if not one, but three, athletes from the same community were selected to the U.S. Olympic team. Now imagine if all three were together in the same sport under the Team USA umbrella.
That's exactly what Alan Knipe, David McKienzie and Russell Holmes have accomplished. Each is a member of the U.S. men's volleyball team that is in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Knipe played at Marina High and later coached at Golden West College, and is head coach of the U.S. men's team. McKienzie played the final two years of his prep career at Huntington Beach High, and Holmes prepped at Fountain Valley High. Both are part of the 12-player roster.
Knipe still calls Huntington Beach home. Holmes lives in Fountain Valley and McKienzie currently resides in Hermosa Beach.
"There is a big Sunset League connection here," Knipe said.
"It's really great when an area has a local athlete make it to the Olympics," he said. "Three of us coming from the same area, though, is pretty special."