1917 American soldiers introduced volleyball to Europe. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Russia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.
1954 Flora “Flo” Hyman, an ex world-class player (1973-1984), was born on July 29, 1954 in Inglewood, California. This sportswoman was well-known for her fair play. She won two Norceca championships, one Olympic silver medal, one world bronze medal and other international titles.
1960 Charles Frederick “Karch ” Kiraly was born on November 3, 1960 in Jackson (Michigan). He has won three Olympic gold medals (indoor and beach volleyball).
1964 Under the leadership of Ron Lang, the United States competed in the Olympic Games in Japan-the first Olympic Volleyball Tournament.
1973 The U.S. men’s squad earned the Norceca title in Tijuana (Mexico). In the final, they beat Cuba, Pan American champions and Olympic players, 3-0 (15-12, 15-11, 15-10).
1974 Under the direction of Carl Mc Gown, head coach of the U.S men’s volleyball squad from 1973 to 1976, the American team visited Moscow (Soviet Union) and played friendly matches against the USSR, Cuba and Japan.
1977 At the Women’s World Championships in Japan, the United States beat the USSR, world champion in 1973, 3-1.
1978 The Cuban men’s team toured in Ohio (Dayton), Indiana (Cincinnati & Muncia) , Michigan (Indianapolis Bay) and Illinois (Madison & Wheaton).The USA and Cuba played seven matches…
1979 The United States women’s team earned a silver medal in the Norceca championships and placed fourth in the Pan American Games in San Juan de Puerto Rico.
1980 For political reasons, the American women squad could not trip to the Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union.
1981 Doug Beal was named head coach of the U.S. men’s volleyball squad.
1982 The U.S. women’s volleyball squad, under the direction of Arie Selinger, became the first North American team to win a world medal.
1983 The female team gained the Norceca Tournament in Indianapolis. In August, it was runner-up at the Pan American Games in South America.
1984 In Los Angeles, California (USA), the American men team, under the watchful eyes of Doug Beal, earned the Olympic title. America did not expect to win the global title. The best players were Karch Kiraly, Dusty Dvorak, Craig Buck, Paul Suderland, Aldis Berzins and Marc Waldie.
1985 Rose Magers was one of the members of the World All-Star team. This Afro-American volleyball player was born on June 25, 1960 in Big Spring, Texas…The male team earned the Korea Cup. They defeated Japan, Mexico and South Korea.
1987 The United States and Cuba played five friendly matches in Havana. The U.S. men’s squad won three matches. Subsequently, they were Pan American champions.
1995 The female squad became the third national team to win the World Grand Prix.
1996 The First Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournament was held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).Two local pairs earned the gold and silver medals in the men’s tournament. America’s Karch Kiraly, a former star volleyball player, and Kent Steffes became the first American pair to take an Olympic gold medal.
2000 The American national beach volleyball team, Dan Blanton & Eric Fonoimoana, earned the global title at the Sydney Olympic Games. In the final, they defeated Jose Marco Melo and Ricardo Santos (Brazil).
2005 Lang Ping became the first woman to be named head coach of the U.S. women’s national team. Lang, best known as “Jenny”, was born and grew up in the People’s Republic of China. In 1982, she was considered the most valuable player in the world.
2007 At the Norceca Tournament in Puerto Rico, the U.S. men’s squad took the regional title and won the right to compete at the FIVB World Cup in Tokyo (Japan).This team finished fourth place in Japan.
2008 The American volleyball team won two medals, gold and silver, at the Summer Olympics in Beijing (China). This Olympic sport became one of the most popular sports in the United States…
Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called “The Dictator and Alicia Alonso”. He is an expert on foreign affairs. Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latin America.
He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Jos� Gamarra (former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee ,1970- 1982), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). Alejandro said: “The person who I admire the most is Jos� Gamarra . He devoted his professional and personal life to sport. Jos� played an important role in the promotion of Olympism in Bolivia -it is one of the Third World`s poorest countries- and Latin America. His biography is interesting”. The sportspeople he most admire is Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman. “This African-American sportswoman is my idol… “