“It is impossible to pick one because each of my three Olympic gold medals was special and they were all different,” said Kiraly, who won the Olympic titles in Volleyball in 1984 and 1988 and in beach volleyball in 1996.
Karch Kiraly hope that his medal aspirations can now be met on the other side of the court lines as assistant coach of USA volleyball women´s national team.
Kiraly was named the best male Volleyball players of the 20th century by the FIVB in 2001. Kiraly, who turned 50 on Wednesday, said all three Olympic medals was special in its own way.
“The first one was really a nice surprise because we were only hoping for any medal and the second one because we had to play the Soviet Union in dream finale,” he said. “The third was in the first ever Beach Volleyball competition at the Olympics and nobody knew what to expect. It was also very exciting because it was back in the U.S. and we played (with Ken Steffes) the finals against great friends (Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh) fellow Americans.”
“I never saw Karch Kiraly playing but while I was growing up in Cuba we heard a lot about his feats and of his teammates like Steve Timmons and those other stars of the American teams,” commented the best female Volleyball players of the 20th century Torres on Kiraly. “One thing I know for sure is that he was a great one.”
KARCH KIRALY (USA 1984-1996) for his performances and courage in leading the USA National Men’s team to win among others, the Olympic Gold Medal in Los Angeles 1984, the World Cup title in Tokyo 1985, the World Championship title in Paris 1986, the Olympic Gold Medal in Seoul 1988, and winning the Gold Medal of the new FIVB Olympic Event Beach Volleyball in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games having Ken Steffes as team mate.