Local volleyball player has olympic dreams

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  It might look like any other beach volleyball game in South Florida, except for one thing - Steve Grotowski is on the verge of playing in the Olympics.

"I want to see how good I can get."

For a kid who spent the first nine years of his life in England, it's not the sport he thought he would play.

"I was always going to play on the grass at Wimbledon."

He played tennis, and many other sports, until he was 14. Soon though, he learned to love volleyball, thanks to a friend who saw the sport in the '92 Olympics.

"When he got to high school, he got the opportunity to play on the boys team, in high school, and kind of dragged me along into it, and I was hooked."

At six-foot-six, Grotowski is a unique athlete.

"There are maybe, in the world, ten guys at his height that can do, or have the skill set that he has."

Mike Morales has been coaching Grotowski for seven years now. He knows what's on the line.

"Representing a country? It doesn't get any bigger than that."

Training for the Olympics also requires incredible dedication away from the court.

"Knowing that a point doesn't go beyond 30 seconds, I'll give him an exercise -- maxing out about 30 seconds -- small rest, and then continuing again and doing this pattern over and over until the point he really reaches fatigue."

"We could take an average NFL player to try to do the type of workout that Steve does, and he will not make it."

Grotowski will spend most of the next four months with his playing partner, getting qualified for the 2012 games, which just happen to be in London.

"It's crazy that it's really close now."

The opening ceremony is July 28th.

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