Middle blocker David Lee was born on March 8, 1982 in Alpine, Calif., which is also his hometown. He joined the U.S. National Team in 2003, but became a part-time starter in 2007 and a full-time starter in 2008 as he helped the U.S. win gold medals at the FIVB World League and Olympic Games.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, David (203cm and 105kg) finished second among all blockers with 33 kill blocks for an average of 1 per set. In the United States' semifinal match against Russia, Lee came up big in the fifth set, tallying a kill and block on consecutive plays to yield a 13-12 advantage. After Russia tied the set at 13-all, Lee ended the match with a kill and block. He scored four of his 12 points in the final five points of the match.
Lee was the U.S. Men's leading blocker in 2009 with 49 stuff blocks in 66 sets for an average of 0.74 per set. He was the team's third-leading scorer with 176 points on 113 kills, 49 blocks and 14 aces.
Lee, who is single, played college volleyball at Long Beach State University. He has played for clubs in Turkey and Italy. Most recently, he played for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the Russian Super League during the winter of 2009-10.