Morgan invented the sport back in It has seen the start of two centuries and the dawn of a new millennium. Volleyball is now one of the big five international sports, and the FIVB, with its affiliated national federations, is the largest international sporting federation in the world. Volleyball has witnessed unprecedented growth over the last two decades.
Men's winners[ edit ] The first two editions of the volleyball Olympic tournament were won by the Soviet Union team. Bronze in and silver inJapan won gold in Inthe introduction of a new offensive skill, the back row attack, helped Poland win the competition over the Soviets in a very tight five-setter.
Inmany of the strongest teams in men's volleyball belonged to the Eastern Blocso the American-led boycott of the Summer Olympics did not have as great an effect on these events as it had on the women's.
The Soviet Union collected their third Olympic gold medal with a 3—1 victory over Bulgaria. With a Soviet-led boycott inthe United States confirmed their new volleyball leadership in the Western World by sweeping smoothly over Brazil at the finals.
In that edition a minor nation, Italywon their first medal, but Italy would rise to prominence in volleyball in later decades. A long-awaited confrontation between the US and Soviet volleyball teams came in the final: Runners-up Netherlands, with Ron Zwerver and Olof van der Meulencame back in the following edition for a five-set win over Italy.
In spite of their success in other major volleyball competitions in the s, Italy did not fare well at the Olympics.
InBrazil beat Italy in the final, adding a second gold medal to their record and confirming their role as the men's volleyball superpowers of the s. InUnited States beat Brazil in the final, winning their third gold medal. Russia won the bronze for the second time by defeating Italy.
In the final, Russia came back from a 0—2 set deficit, not letting the Brazilians take advantage of any of their 2 match points in the third set. Dmitriy Muserskiy scored 31 points, which is an Olympic Games record in a final. Italy defeated Bulgaria and took Bronze. The remaining four editions were won each by a different country.
Despite being a major force in men's volleyball since the s, Italy are still the only volleyball powerhouses that lack a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The opening edition of the volleyball Olympic tournament, inwas won by the host nation Japan. There followed two victories in a row by the Soviet Unionin and South Korea were expected to get their first gold after beating Japan in the Pre-Olympic Games, but Japan came back again in for one last Olympic gold before losing their status of women's volleyball superpowers.
The American-led boycott of the Games left many strong volleyball nations like Japan and South Korea out of the games. As a result, the Soviet Union easily secured a third Olympic gold medal.
Inthe Eastern bloc was, in its turn, boycotting the games, and the Soviet Union did not participate. As a result, host nation United States won its first medals in volleyball, losing the finals to China.
With eastern and western nations again involved in the Olympics, the Soviet Union obtained a remarkable victory over Peru after trailing 0—2 in 's marking one of the most dramatic female matches of the 20th century. The games were, however, boycotted by Cuba.
Led by superstars Mireya Luis and Regla TorresCuba would eventually set the record for consecutive wins in the Olympic Games by also taking the gold in and against China and Russiarespectively. Inthe winners were once again China.
Second were Russia who beat Brazil in a very tough and dramatic semifinal match after being down 1—2, 19—24 in the fourth set.
InBrazil finally won the gold, beating the United States in the final and losing only one set in the competition. China were awarded the bronze by beating Cuba. After a troubled start, Brazil secured the double gold in after beating favorites United States once again in the final. Inhome team Brazil were favorites to once again win the title, thus equalling Cuba's three consecutive gold medals between and After winning all of their preliminary round matches without dropping a set, the team was, however, stunned by a young Chinese squad in a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals.
China went on to win the title, their third in Olympic history, by beating Serbia in four sets in the gold medal match. The United States defeated Netherlands 3—1 to capture the bronze medal.Origins and History of Badminton Facts and Information About the Game. The origins of the game of badminton date back at least 2, years to the game of battledore and shuttlecock played in ancient Greece, China, and India.
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In , it became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, so the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. The first U.S.
Open was staged, as the field was open to non-YMCA squads. History of Volleyball. HOW VOLLEYBALL BEGAN. The sport of volleyball originated in the United States, and is now just beginning to achieve the type of popularity in the U.S.
that it has received on a global basis, where it ranks behind only soccer among participation sports. Consideration is given to the introduction of a second referee. The Origins. William G.
Morgan (), who was born in the State of New York, has gone down in history as the inventor of the game of volleyball, to which he originally gave the name "Mintonette".
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