Middle blocker David Lee was born on March 8, 1982 in Alpine, California which is also his hometown. He joined the US team in 2003, but became a part-time starter in 2007 and a full-time starter in 2008 as he helped the US 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 finished the 2010 season having played in 75 sets, the second most on the team. He finished as the team's fourth-leading scorer with 150 points on 85 kills (0.36 hitting percentage), 55 blocks (0.73 blocks per set) and 10 aces (0.13 aces per set). His 55 blocks led the team and his 10 aces put him second.
Lee has played for clubs in Turkey and Italy. Most recently, he played the winter of 2010-11 for Kuzbass Kemerovo in Russia's Super League.