The Huskies' all-time volleyball assists leader and 2012 London Olympics silver medalist chatted online with Seattle Times readers Wednesday. Here's the full transcript.
Join us in the live-stream window above for a real-time chat with Courtney Thompson, setter for the U.S. volleyball women’s national team and former NCAA champion with the Washington Huskies. We’re collecting questions starting at 11:30 a.m., with Thompson joining the conversation at noon PDT Wednesday.
Thompson is coming off of a gold-medal victory in the FIVB World Grand Prix this past weekend in Omaha, Neb., adding to her already expansive list of achievements. She and the rest of Team USA are training hard for next month’s FIVB World Cup, where qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics begins.
A native of Kent, Wash., and an alumna of Kentlake High school, Thompson will be in the Seattle are this coming weekend for a volleyball camp run through the Give It Back Foundation, which was founded this year by members of the USA volleyball women’s national team, including fellow UW alumni Tama Miyashiro and Krista Vansant.
On Friday evening, she and nine teammates — including Miyashiro and Vansant — are hosting a volleyball workshop and Q&A at the Academy Sports Center in Lynnwood. Tickets for the event, which runs 6 to 8 p.m., are $75 and benefit the Children’s Therapy Center in Kent. Tickets and more information are available at AcademySportsCenter.net.
Thompson, 30, is the University of Washington’s all-time leader in assists with 6,552 over her four years on Montlake. A starter since her freshman year in 2003, she was integral to the Huskies’ mid-2000s surge to the top of collegiate volleyball. In 2005, her junior season, she averaged 14.89 assists per game as she helped Washington win the NCAA Division I national championship.
She was the first woman athlete at UW to have her jersey retired, and was nominated for an ESPY in 2005 for Top Female College Athlete.
Since joining the U.S. national team in 2007, Thompson has won plenty of additional hardware. She helped the Americans win bronze at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games, gold at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix and silver at the 2012 London Olympics. Last year, she and the USA also won gold at the 2014 FIVB World Championship.