Todd Rogers is a beach volleyball player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Beach volleyball veteran Todd Rogers enters his second Olympics with the towering 6-foot-9 Phil Dalhausser, whom many call the best in the game. The pair debuted in Beijing, where Rogers and Dalhausser played like first-timers in their opening match, losing in straight sets to Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins, the 23rd seed out of 24 teams. The Americans rebounded to win their pool, but nearly lost again in the round of 16, when they fell behind to Switzerland's Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider 6-0 in the third game before remarkably winning 15-13. Rogers and Dalhausser went to three sets again in the gold medal-match versus Brazil's Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes, but Dalhausser put on a show in the third set. He recorded five blocks en route to the 15-4 win that landed the third beach volleyball gold for American men in four Olympics.

After winning the 2007 FIVB World Championships and the 2008 Olympics, Rogers and Dalhausser struggled for motivation in 2009, yet still won 10 tournaments. In his mid-30s, Rogers was hesitant about making a push for the 2012 Olympics, but committed to Dalhausser before the 2010 season, which ended up being the finest of their careers (see below). Dalhausser injured his ankle early in 2011, which hindered the middle part of the duo's season, but Rogers and Dalhausser still earned medals in nine of the 12 FIVB events they played, including four golds. They entered seven tournaments in 2012 prior to London, reaching the semifinals in five and winning two. Rogers and Dalhausser have won 65 of the 124 events they've played in their careers together.

In their second season together, Rogers and Dalhausser won the 2007 World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland, becoming the first U.S. men's team to win a world title. They defeated defending Olympic champions Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil in that semifinal, a breakthrough win for the up-and-coming American duo. In 2009, Rogers and Dalhausser failed to defend their world title, but still left Stavanger, Norway, with a bronze medal. The Americans were defeated in the semis by Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann, the eventual champs. Dalhausser was hobbled by a sprained ankle at the 2011 Worlds in Rome, but he and Rogers still managed a ninth-place finish after being eliminated again by Brink and Reckermann. Yet, that was the worst finish for the pair in four world championships; their first event ever together was actually the 2005 Worlds in Berlin. Rogers asked Dalhausser to play with him at the last minute after his regular partner suffered an injury, and they placed an impressive seventh.

After Rogers committed in 2010 to playing through the London Games, he and Dalhausser turned in the finest season ever by American men, and maybe the best ever in the world. They won an FIVB single-season record nine tournaments on the World Tour, easily winning the 2010 FIVB Tour championship. They made the semifinals in each of the 12 international events they played, winning their final five appearances and starting a winning streak that would end at 40 matches in the beginning of 2011. Rogers and Dalhausser added another five titles in domestic AVP events in 2010, during which they never lost in 34 matches.

Previously, Rogers and Dalhausser's best season was in 2008, when they took 11 of 15 AVP titles and four of seven FIVB tournaments. They rode a 21-match FIVB winning streak into the Olympics, and earned the most Olympic qualifying points in the world. That came after they captured 10 of 17 AVP events and one of six FIVB tournaments in 2007, and eight of 16 AVP events and one of six FIVB tournaments in 2006. Rogers began playing on the AVP Tour in 1995, but it wasn't until he convinced Dalhausser (who debuted in the AVP in 2003) to join him in 2006 that Rogers began to win titles consistently.

Because of his height, Dalhausser spends most of his time at the net blocking, while Rogers, who is seven inches shorter, roams the back of the court digging. "You need a big guy to set up a big block and you need a little guy to chase down balls," Dalhausser says. "Some of them will hit a hard-driven ball to me (rather) than to Todd. Todd is more likely going to control that hard-driven ball to where his partner can set it." Rogers was named the AVP Best Defensive Player in 2004, '05, '06, '07 and '08; the AVP Most Valuable Player in '06; the FIVB Best Defensive Player in '06, '07, '08 and '10; and the FIVB Best Setter in 2005.

Rogers says he and Dalhausser work together because they have similarly laid-back attitudes. "We complement each other well," Rogers says. "I like to describe myself as quietly intense and I would describe him in a similar manner. We don't show it like some teams, who are outwardly demonstrative. Whereas we kind of keep it down, but we want to win badly. We hate to lose and maybe even more so than anyone else." Dalhausser and Rogers were named the AVP Team of the Year in 2007, '08 and '09, and the FIVB Team of the Year in 2010.

Rogers is known around the game as "The Professor." Once he secured Dalhausser under his tutelage, the "Thin Beast" — nicknamed so for his tall, lanky frame — began to thrive. One of the most cerebral players in the game, Rogers was an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara, his alma mater, and says he actually likes coaching better than playing. So he jumped at the chance to acquire a raw 6-foot-9 talent in Dalhausser, who grew up playing tennis and baseball. "My coaching bug needed to be filled," Rogers says, adding, "So he became the fulfillment of that coaching bug. Actually he's been a much better student than I dreamed he was going to be. When I first met him, he was so laid back and there were questions about his drive and desire. I was unsure of that because we weren't tight, I didn't know him well. Once we started playing together, he bought into the lifting regimen, plyometric regimen, the training regimen that we designed together, and learning all about not only the game of beach volleyball, but the opponents we'll be playing and the tendencies."

Rogers will be 38 at the London Olympics, and the reason for his longevity is his health. He's had a largely injury-free career that has kept him fresh. A knee injury cut short his 2011 season, but he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in August and expects to be fine for 2012. "I've been really fortunate; I haven't had very many injuries," Rogers says. "I was always a setter indoors. I didn't jump as much as other people. I didn't take very many swings at all. My body was fresh coming to the beach and of course the beach is kind to the body." Rogers gets plenty of swings these days as foes try to avoid letting the ferocious Dalhausser hit, but Rogers is one of the most effective attackers in the game, often opting for precisely placed shots over powerful kills. Should he win a medal in London, Rogers could become the oldest medalist in Olympic beach volleyball history.

A Santa Barbara-area lifer, Rogers attended San Marcos High School in Goleta, Calif., where he played on the volleyball team with 2004 beach volleyball Olympian Dax Holdren, whom Rogers teamed with on the beach for 83 career events from 1995-2001. Rogers attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he was named a volleyball All-American in 1995 and '96 and was an assistant men's volleyball coach from 2000-05. He earned a degree in religious studies and also a minor in coaching. Rogers married his wife, Melissa, in 1997 and has a daughter, Hannah, a son, Nate, two dogs, two cats and a self-built beach volleyball court in his backyard.


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Age: 43 years old
Birthday: September 30, 1973
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Nickname: The Professor
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA
Current Residence: Solvang, CA

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