It’s been quite the ride for Team USA’s Drew Donlin, from Minnesota to the Air Force Academy to Los Angeles to Germany and now Spain.
In September 2018 he was an alternate and a last minute call up for the U.S. National Team for the PANAM Games Qualification series vs Canada. Just 14 months later he found himself playing important minutes for his club, Leon Ademar, against FC Barcelona. Such a rapid rise is unprecedented for just about any handball player, let alone a U.S. National Team player who was born and raised in the U.S. and didn’t start playing the sport until he was 18.
On the podcast we discuss his handball origin story, USA Beach Handball competitions and how exactly he went from a national team alternate to playing against Barca in 14 months.