Volleyball at the Summer Olympics

The qualification for the Women's Olympic volleyball tournament was held from 22 August to 22 May Share this Facebook Twitter Email Tumblr. Olympic medalist Laura Graves and her horse, Diddy, have learned each other's personalities over the past 16 years working together. The host teams and the top three ranked teams from the World ranking as of 1 January competed in the tournament. Navigation menu

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Gold medals appear to be more evenly distributed in men's volleyball than in women's: 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, in , was won by the host nation Japan. There followed two victories in a row by the Soviet Union , in 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.

In , the 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 Torres , Cuba would eventually set the record for consecutive wins in the Olympic Games by also taking the gold in and against China and Russia , respectively. In , the 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. In , Brazil 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.

In , home 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.

The fourteen editions of the women's tournament were won by only five different countries: Despite becoming a women's volleyball powerhouse in the 21st century, United States still lack an Olympic gold.

The volleyball Olympic tournament has a very stable competition formula. The following rules apply:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Women also won the Pan American Cup with a younger roster due to overlap in training and competition with the Volleyball Nations League. The Americans topped then-undefeated Canada in the semifinals, then rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat host Dominican Republic in the title match. Carlini was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

For the complete story, click here. Women Fall to Cuba in Five July 8, Women Cruise Past Thailand May 30, Women Sweep Dominican Republic May 29, Women Too Much for Germany May 28, Women Blank Belgium May 23, Bartsch-Hackley's 23 Points Leads U. Women Past Japan May 21, Bartsch-Hackley Scores 27 to Lead U. Women Past Poland May 13, The winners qualified for the Olympic Games. The second and third teams would play in the World Olympic Qualification Tournament.

World Olympic qualification tournaments There were 2 tournaments to get 5 remaining spots in the Olympic Games. Only the teams which had not yet qualified from the 3 events above could play in the tournament. The 1st tournament was combined with the Asian Olympic qualification tournament which played in Japan. The best ranked Asian team qualified for the Olympic Games.

The best three ranked teams, excluding the best Asian team, also secured the vacancies in the Olympic Games. The 2nd tournament which was held in Puerto Rico consisted of 4 teams, and only the best ranked team could take the last spot for the Olympic Games.

The table below showed the allocation of 12 qualified teams. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For all qualification tournaments Number of matches won Match points Sets ratio Points ratio Result of the last match between the tied teams Match won 3—0 or 3—1: