KELSEY ROBINSON, LEFT, bumps the ball Aug. 10, 2016, during her bronze-winning turn at the Olympics.
        FIVB photo
KELSEY ROBINSON, LEFT, bumps the ball Aug. 10, 2016, during her bronze-winning turn at the Olympics. FIVB photo

    WHEN OLYMPIC BRONZE medalist Kelsey Robinson returned triumphant from Rio, the indoor volleyball player didn’t embark on a victory tour, or bask in the bronze glow of her accomplishment.

     Nor did she make the proverbial trip to Disneyland.

     No, she went to her happiest place on Earth:

     Green Lake.

     “It was my very first stop,” Kelsey said, her voice coming alive. “I landed at home and I told my parents, because I had like a week and a half between professional seasons, I said, ‘Whatever you do, reserve those dates for going to the lake.’”

     Those who know Kelsey likely weren’t surprised by this choice of victory vacation.

     She’s visited Green Lake nearly every year for the past two decades.

     And, when being an international volleyball sensation doesn’t get in the way, she still makes time to float on the crystal blue waters of Green Lake. ...

    “I grew up on [Green] Lake. Since I was like 4, my parents had a boat [and we would] go up every single summer for extended periods of time,” she said. “I just loved being out on the boat, out on the water, grilling  out, having good food, watching fireworks on the Fourth of July ...

    “Our biggest thing every year is just packing up this huge cooler and go to Norwegian Bay. All the boats are linked up, music playing, playing catch in the water.” ...

    To read the entire column, see the March 16, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.