Carlsbad Beach Volleyball Player Says Zika, Water Quality ‘Non-factors' in Rio

US Beach Volleyball Player Lauren Fendrick said Wednesday that so far, the concern over water quality and the Zika virus have been “non-factors for us.”

The Carlsbad native ran into NBC 7’s Steven Luke outside the Summer Olympics’ beach volleyball venue on Copacabana Beach.

Fendrick, along with her husband, Andrew, gave an interview via Facebook Live to Luke.

She said she’s been thrilled with the energy of the city and hasn’t had any issues with some of the problems publicized heavily surrounding the Olympics.

“The Olympic energy is just incredible,” she gushed. “I’m super stoked to compete.”

Along with her feel for Rio, Fendrick told the Facebook audience that she's already looking ahead to Tuesday, when Team USA competes against Brazil, regarded as the best in beach volleyball in the world.

“You’re going to see some of the best beach volleyball here you’ve ever seen,” she told Luke.

Fendrick attended Carlsbad High School. This is her first Olympics, though she nearly qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Check out the Facebook Live above.

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