July 29, 2014

Nebraska honors its Olympic medalists during NU Coliseum ceremony (AUDIO)

Gold medalist John Burroughs speaks with NU Wrestling Coach Mark Manning as Gov. Dave Heineman reads a proclamation and Silver medalist Jordan Larson looks on

Two Olympic medalists returned to where their Olympic dreams were nurtured as the University of Nebraska welcomed home Jordan Burroughs and Jordan Larson.

Gov. Dave Heineman also was on hand to issue proclamations to each former Cornhusker who won medals during the Olympic Games this summer in London.

A special ceremony held at the NU Coliseum for a few invited guests and the news media featured Burroughs, the gold medalist wrestler, and Larson, the silver medalist volleyball player.

During a question and answer time with reporters, Larson said she felt fairly confident she would make the USA volleyball team.

“But, did I really know? Probably not until this summer,” Larson said. “I think I had an idea back then, but for sure I think I knew this summer.”

Larson said the big crowds Nebraska volleyball attracts prepared her for the huge crowds at the Olympics in London. She said she also met with specialists who helped her prepare for the pressure of the Olympics.

Her big moment: the first time she stepped on the court as an Olympian, a member of the USA volleyball team.

The big moment for Burroughs came at the end of his final match, win he clinched the gold medal.

Burroughs has kept busy with his new-found notoriety as a gold medalist. Some has suggested he turn to mixed martial arts, but jokes he’s scared to be punched in the face and admits he’s not as tough off the mat as he is on.

“I’m really a lover, not a fighter and they would have to offer me a lot of money,” Burroughs said with a chuckle.

Burroughs said he’s been eating everything he can and hasn’t worked out since stepping off the mat as an Olympic champion, but will return to training and hopes to return to the Olympics in four years.

Burroughs came to the University of Nebraska from New Jersey.

Larson is a Nebraskan, from Hooper. She has married and is building a new home.

AUDIO: Former Husker volleyball player Jordan Larson is honored for winning Olympic silver. [9:30]

AUDIO: Former Husker wrestler Jordan Burroughs is honored for winning Olympic gold [10:45]