Despite her relative young years, Ruiz, a dominant player for
the Cuban national team, has twice been in the gold
medal-winning side at the Olympics (Atlanta 1996 and
Sydney 2000). She is one of the remaining members of the
so-called Dream Team.
already has her eyes on a third gold medal at the Athens
2004 Olympics and played a central role for Cuba at last
year’s World Championship in Germany, where she was
the top scorer of the tournament with 217 points from
195 attacks, 16 blocks and 6 service points.
enjoy the leadership role and taking care of the
concerns of the players,” she remarked in Germany.
“These can cover a range of things, so I am able to
use my positive personality to motivate the team, and
this helps to lift our performances.
was named in the FIVB awards for player excellence in
2002, which carried $100,000 prize money.