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RIO DE JANEIRO -- So stung by a devastating defeat to Brazil in the championship match of the London Games four years ago, silver medalists Foluke Akinradewo and Jordan Larson contemplated walking away for good from the U. Mackensie Alexander Jersey .S. national team and skipping another Olympic cycle.One by one, something slowly pulled each woman back to join new coach Karch Kiraly and support his plan for Rio de Janeiro.I took the summer off for the most part to re-evaluate and make sure I still loved the game, and I did, so I came back, Akinradewo said, and Im really happy I did.Despite the deep sense of hurt after failing as the undeniable favorites, she and Larson knew one thing: They had to go for it again and chase that gold medal they knew was oh-so-close before calling it a career.And everybody involved realizes how much these two mean for the top-ranked and unbeaten Americans (6-0) in Brazil. They helped lead the U.S. one step closer to the goal and reach Thursdays Olympic semifinals with a straight-set victory against Japan on Tuesday. The Americans will play Serbia, which beat Russia later Tuesday.Thats awesome, thats been our goal, said Akinradewo, who provided the winning kill on match point to cap the 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 victory. Thats why were here.The hard-hitting, high-flying Akinradewo is a menacing force at the net -- She gets kills in her sleep, teammate Kim Hill said. The businesslike, reliable Larson is a steady presence in the lineup match after match.Theyre a part of building and laying the foundation for the culture that weve created, captain Christa Dietzen said.By late summer of 2013, Akinradewo had undergone shoulder surgery and would stop by the teams Orange County headquarters about once a week to check in, work out and just say hello. Larson, too, by then had decided to give it another chance, eager to follow Kiralys lead.That part was easy.I was pretty sad with how London ended and just whether I wanted to continue my career at all. Thats where I was at and I liked what Karch was doing and what the girls were trying to do, Larson recalled. I really wanted to be a part of that. I thought it was going to be a cool thing.Akinradewo is 28 and Larson 29. Both have aspirations beyond volleyball. Yet those goals can wait for at least another week.I love that our players are just all in giving it another shot here, Kiraly said. Ultimately they have to make their own decisions, so Jordan went through a process of pondering, mulling and weighing the options to play more and Foluke, too. Shes just gnarly. Shes like a thoroughbred, shes just such an unbelievable jumper and the quickness and the explosiveness that she has.Aside from her pure athleticism, Akinradewos playful nature has been a positive. She has a signature move shell break into every so often called the calf dance, including obliging teammate and setter Courtney Thompson on the 94th day counting down to Rio by taping a 9 on one leg and 4 on the other. Akinradewo does it to show them off when shes not self-conscious about her lower legs, Kiraly said.Those two, I cant say enough good things. It gives me chills thinking about it, Thompson said. They get their team going. Theres no better two that lead by example than Jordan and Foluke. Those two have a really powerful energy, and they set the tone.Akinradewo, a former Stanford star, is thankful she decided to stick with it. She knows now that it would have been a mistake to walk away from this tight-knit group.If I would have retired from volleyball I would have been missing out on some great things, she said. 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But theres one condition: You can be a great athlete, but if youre not a great person, I dont want to be in the same room with you.With Tatyana McFadden, whenever I see her, I cross the room to say hello. As accomplished as she is, she is very down-to-earth, unassuming and fun to be around. I believe, because of her spirit, she pulls people to her.Make no mistake, she is fiercely competitive and has a laserlike focus. When you peel back the layers of her story of how she was adopted from an orphanage in Russia and has overcome numerous challenges, you start understanding why Tatyana has this strong determination. Its a type that says, I will not be denied. I will find a way.For me and Tatyana, our backgrounds are to never be forgotten. Because some people try to erase your history or where you came from. You cant do that, because that is the link that gives you the sparkle. But what I went through as a person and an athlete doesnt even scratch the surface of what she has gone through. Its motivating on so many levels.I tell young people all the time: As long as you believe, you can turn a doubter into a believer, but youve got to believe first. No matter what people say, no matter how the odds are stacked up against you, as a competitor, you find a way to get it done.Thats what Tatyana has done time and time again. Her greatness will not be denied. She is so consistent and her longevity is remarkable. You talk about dedication. Its dedication on top of dedication! When you see Tatyanna and you see what she does, it might appear to be easy, but anything that appears to be easy is extremely difficult. Marcus Sherels Jersey. There are long hours of training involved.Her achievements are a testament to her willingness to want to compete at that high level, and not training for what she accomplished last year or yesterday. 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