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  PLAYER PROFILE

Yumila Ruiz
 
 

 



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.

Ruiz 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.

“I 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.

Ruiz was named in the FIVB awards for player excellence in 2002, which carried $100,000 prize money.