After the 2000 Sydney Olympics, four years were waited by each qualified team to outsmart and outduel the other teams to claim the prestigious medals – gold, silver and bronze.

Of course, I didn’t miss to watch it. I was already teaching in a private school where I had introduced volleyball to my sixth graders. WOW πŸ™‚ it was so nice. They have potentials. Some of them would grow up to be one of the great players.

During the preliminary round, each team did their best to qualify for the final round. To make it short, CHINA and RUSSIA battled for gold. Remember, Russia was defeated last 2000 in Sydney, Australia. the team wanted to win the gold. BUT, team China didn’t let the Russians claim it. Β What happened? They defeated Russia in 5 sets (3-2) 28-30, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12… Click the video clip below to see how did the Chinese do it. Sorry for the Russians. Gamova cried and the other members. I know the feelings. Winning 2 straight sets and losing the 3rd and 4th and the worst – the team failed to win the very important 5th set.ENJOY ^_^


1. China – gold

2. Russia – silver

3. Cuba – bronze

4. Brazil

5. Italy


South Korea


9. Germany


11. Dominican Republic