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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Despite never having won the FIVB World Cup, FIVB
World Championship or Olympics, the United States have
won the FIVB World Grand Prix for the last three years
and five times overall.
The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, will be trying
to make history by winning the World Grand Prix for a
record fourth straight time – Brazil being the only team
to have managed three in a row from 2004 to 2006.They
took the silver medal at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic
Games.
Team USA finished 2012 with a 30-2 record that included
three wins (against one loss in the Olympic Games final)
over world No. 2 Brazil. The Americans captured their
2013
season-opening tournament, the Pan American
Cup, with a 5-0 record. The win qualified them for the
2014
FIVB World Grand Prix.
Having completed the last Olympic cycle under Hugh
McCutcheon, volleyball legend Karch Kiraly – the only
player to have won Olympic Games medals of any colour
in both volleyball and beach volleyball – is now in charge
having previously been McCutcheon’s assistant.
Kiraly, who won Olympic gold in the hall in 1984 and
1988,
and added a third gold medal in the beach volleyball
competition in 1996, has already taken USA to the Pan
American Cup title but for the World Grand Prix will be
COACH
Karch Kiraly, 51, a legendary
volleyball player in the indoor and
beach disciplines, was an assistant
coach for the U.S. women’s team
that earned the silver medal at
the 2012 Olympic Games. He
was subsequently named the
programme’s head coach for the next Olympic Games
quadrennial. “I have revered representing the USA and
wearing the Red, White and Blue ever since my first
experience with the Junior National Team,” Kiraly said.
It is a tremendous honour to be asked to lead such
a powerful volleyball programme.” Kiraly has been
recognised by many as the greatest volleyball player
ever. He is the only volleyball player – male or female
to win Olympic gold medals in both the indoor and
beach volleyball disciplines. The International Volleyball
Federation named Kiraly as the greatest men’s volleyball
player of the sport’s first century. Kiraly was inducted into
the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2001.
USA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
1
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
1
st
2012
5
x
5
1
st
2012
LAST:
2 7
Week 1
A
Week 2
F
Week 3
M
POOLS
missing many of his top performers, including USA’s best
scorer at the Olympics Destinee Hooker (pregnant), last
year’s World Grand Prix best scorer Megan Hodge, Foluke
Akinradewo, Logan Tom and Tayyiba Haneef-Park.