Volleyball made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. Featuring both women’s and men’s events, the sport got off to a strong start, with hosts Japan and the Soviet Union winning the women’s and men’s events, respectively. All seemed well, until the IOC voted to drop the sport for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.
1972, 1976, 1980. The U.S. Women’s National team did not qualify for the Olympic Games in 1972 or 1976. They qualified for and would have competed in Moscow for the 1980 Olympic Games if the U.S. had not boycotted the Games. For full Olympic results for women’s volleyball, visit Olympic.org.
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In 1996, the Cubans were in the midst of their Olympic dominance, winning in 1992, 1996, and 2000, making for one of the great volleyball dynasties – men or women – in the sport’s history.
China is the reigning women’s volleyball champions, having beaten Serbia in the final at Rio 2016. While only six teams played in the women’s category in the 1964 edition of the Games, that number doubled by 1988 and has remained so ever since.
By theadmin on Blog. History of Women’s Volleyball in the Olympic Games. Before 1957, the sport of volleyball was a non-Olympic sport. However, the sport actively developed and quickly gained the popularity. So, volleyball was recognized as an Olympic sport during the IOC session that took place in Sofia on September 24 in 1957.
Finally in 1984, the American women competed on home soil in front of family and friends in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Three time Olympian, 1984 Olympic Silver medalist and 1984 Olympic MVP, 1992 Bronze medalist Concordia Head Volleyball Coach, Paula Weishoff. USA Olympic Team - Silver Medal.
The Japanese women's team won the gold at the inaugural Olympic volleyball competition, and the silver at the following two Games. The Montreal Games of 1976 saw the Polish men win the nation's only gold medal in the sport, after the women had won bronze in 1964 and 1968.
Volleyball has been part of the Summer Olympics program for both men and women consistently since 1964. Brazil, United States, and the former Soviet Union are the only teams to win multiple gold medals at the men's tournament since its introduction. The remaining six editions of the Men's Olympic Volleyball Tournament were won each by a different country including Japan, Poland, Netherlands, Russia, France, and the defunct Yugoslavia. Gold medals are less evenly distributed in women's volleyball