USA volleyball’s Kelsey Robinson channels her inner Michael Jordan in win over China

Robinson channels her inner Michael Jordan

It doesn’t even take a conversation with Kelsey Robinson to know she’s a huge Michael Jordan fan.

The USA volleyball sparkplug was spotted wearing Jordans on the court in Sunday’s win over China:

Of course, Robinson also wears jersey No. 23 and she’s a Chicago native, so the Jordan fingerprints are everywhere.

Robinson – who grew up in Bartlett, Ill., in the Chicagoland suburbs – said she wears the number to remind herself of where she came from.

“I wear it because it’s a connection to my hometown and the people there,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “That way, no matter where I am, I feel like they’re with me.”

Robinson began her athletic career as a basketball player before her mom – who played basketball in college – suggested she try out for volleyball at age 10 to help her jumping skills.

The 24-year-old has found a career in volleyball, but she still stays true to her basketball roots.

“Giving up basketball was the hardest thing I had ever done at that time,” she said, according to the Tribune. “But whenever I need to get away and clear my head, I grab a basketball and shoot around. It’s nice that it’s still a part of my life.”

In an ironic twist of fate, Robinson’s coach – three-time gold medal winner Karch Kiraly – is also considered by some to be the “Michael Jordan of volleyball.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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