Sara Walker | Media Guru
The world of volleyball is a complex, intriguing, and adventurous one filled with confident, strong individuals full of talent and charisma. If you follow the world of volleyball, the name Marcus Nilsson will resonate with the aforementioned qualities in addition to assertive and cosmopolitan. Marcus Nils Jon Nilsson is a native of Torup, Sweden and the pride of the Swedish people.
The 33 year-old athlete received the acclaimed title of MVP during the European Champions League in 2012 and since has been a sensation to watch.
In a PdM exclusive, when asked about the inspiration and motivation behind his athletic career, Marcus was gleeful and honest. "I really hate to lose...and in order to avoid losing I train more than my opponents. My motivation I've always felt is the support of my family and friends. Even though I've lived outside of Sweden for about 13 years now they continue to support what I'm doing and as long as they see that I'm happy, they're happy."
While the Swedish superstar admits he enjoys traveling, he stated that there is one place he holds dear to his heart: Paris. "Paris is definitely a favorite. I spent one year there having so much fun! I had a coach that year that was really cool and he allowed me, in addition to practice with some great people, go to a university to learn French and only practice in the evening. Consequently, that meant that I met a lot of "non-volleyballers" which gave me a super social life. Plus, Paris is one of the coolest cities in the world so I had a lot to do that year (and we won the championship, so just a perfect year)."
"Thessaloniki, Greece, is another favorite. I spent 3 years there and enjoyed it very much. Greek people love sports, so the atmosphere during the games is amazing. The weather is great and the mentality there is perfect if you are an athlete. They take really good care of you."
When asked about his opinion on the best place in Sweden to live, Marcus had great insights. "I would have to say Halmstad, which is the city I live in. It's a real summer city with one of the best beaches in Sweden. The city explodes during the summer with a lot of tourists.Then, of course, Stockholm is really pretty during the summer. There is so much water running through the city and it has everything from high end shopping to beautiful parks and historic old town."
In our opinion, this guy definitely knows where the party is and how to live the good life a la Swede.
The same way we've had the pleasure to visit Sweden, we're sure Marcus will have the opportunity to come to Chicago one day!
Looks like another adventure is soon-developing for the awesome Marcus! Lycka, bror, and we can't wait to receive updates from your experiences!