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Former Olympic Gold Medalist leads volleyball camp at Northland Pines High School
EAGLE RIVER - The work doesn't stop in the off season for the Northwoods volleyball teams. 

However it's not often young athletes get to learn from an Olympian.

Former USA Volleyball Olympic Medalist Ron Wilde lead his 5th three-day volleyball camp in Eagle River.

"We've seen some of these young ladies grow up since they were 6th graders, and now they are big grown women playing some great volleyball," said former Olympic Gold Medalist Rod Wilde. 

The Northland Pines players said this camp is unlike many. 

"It's just a higher intensity camp than we've been used to.," said Northland Pines junior volleyball player Jacqueline Smith. 

Wilde said his main goal is to get the girls to think outside of the box. 

"We want to challenge them and try to get them to do things that they haven't been comfortable doing," said Wilde. "They come out, they work hard and they get better because of it."

The majority of all Eagle volleyball players attended the camp even though it's their offseason. 

"It's good to be able to do this camp as a team and it helps us grow before season starts," said Northland Pines senior volleyball player Jenni Pyne. 

The players said getting the chance to work with Wilde is something they take advantage of.

"I just like the experience especially because he's been a pro player and coach," said Smith. 

Wilde said he will never miss the opportunity to share his passion for the game.

" The kids understand it, the light goes on and they are just excited about it all, that still gets me excited as a coach," said Wilde. 

Northland Pines head volleyball coach Julie Smith tells us she couldn't be more pleased with the impact Wilde has had on her players.

The Eagles' first match will be August 18th against Lakeland Union High School. 





Story By: Mazie Vincent


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