Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Former UVA Soccer Camp Counselor Ben Olsen





Though primarily a right-sided player, Ben Olsen has proven versatile enough to play on either flank for both club and country. His athleticism and amazing work rate have brought him enormous success at the youth international level and with his Major League Soccer club, D.C. United.

Former UVA Soccer Camp camper Wilson Long recalls:
"He would always come in hungover in the morning, and he had pink eye the entire week I was there, so he looked pretty rough. We would spend the first hour of practice playing some game where we would gamble dollar bills over whether or not our team could hit the crossbar from the top of the 18 before he could. If he went down, he'd make us go double-or-nothing until he was back on top. I remember him making a few of the kids pay-up, and we were twelve-years-old. Isn't it illegal for NCAA athletes to gamble? He was in college at the time."

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