Wer war der erste US. Volleyballspieler, drei olympische Goldmedaillen zu gewinnen
Karch Kiraly, byname von Charles Kiraly, (geboren November 3, 1960, Jackson, Michigan, UNS.), Amerikanischer Athlet, der der erste Volleyball-Spieler war drei olympische Goldmedaillen zu gewinnen, und war einer der Sportart größter Spieler betrachtet, Spitzenleistungen bei Innen- und Beach-Volleyball.
Wenn Kiraly war vier Jahre alt, er zog mit seiner Familie nach Santa Barbara, Kalifornien. Sein Vater, Laszlo Kiraly, hatte auf der ungarische Volleyball-Nationalmannschaft gespielt, und er führte seinen Sohn, um das Spiel in einem frühen Alter; Karch von der Zeit war 11 Jahre alt, he had entered his first beach tournament with his father. With a vertical leap of 41 Zoll (104 cm), Kiraly was a standout at Santa Barbara High School and during his senior year was named the best player in the state. He attended the University of California (B.S., 1983) in Los Angeles, where he was a four-time All-American and led his squad to three national titles (1979, 1980, 1981) in four years. Im 1981 he joined the U.S. national volleyball team, und, as the squad’s outside hitter, he helped the United States win Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and at the 1988 Games in Seoul, Südkorea; at the latter event he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). die US-. team also won gold at the 1982 und 1986 world championships and at the 1987 Panamerikanische Spiele. Im 1986 und 1988 the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) named Kiraly the best player in the world.
Im 1989 Kiraly left the U.S. national team to play with Il Messaggero of Ravenna, Italien, where he was named MVP when the team won the world club championship in 1991. He then concentrated on the financially lucrative beach game that earned him the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ MVP title six times (1990, 1992–95, und 1998). Bei der 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, beach volleyball debuted as a medal sport, and Kiraly, with partner Kent Steffes, won the gold medal. Im 1999 Kiraly surpassed Sinjin Smith as the beach volleyball player with the most victories; by the time of his retirement in 2007, he had won 144 Veranstaltungen. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2001 und die USA. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008. Kiraly wrote several books on volleyball, and his autobiography, The Sand Man (written with Byron Shewman), was published in 1999.