Steve Grotowski grew up in Wimbledon and aged ten his family moved to Florida where he began playing volleyball.
He played indoor volleyball at the University of New Haven but switched to beach, partnering Jody Gooding to begin with and then Gregg Weaver.
Grotowski and Weaver were the highest ranked Brits during qualifying for Beijing 2008 but fell short. He fulfilled his Olympic dream at London 2012 with John Garcia- Thompson.
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