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.
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.
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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.
The United States is the reigning women’s volleyball Olympic champions, having beaten Brazil in the final at Tokyo 2020. 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.
The history of women’s beach volleyball in the Olympic Games began in 1996. This year beach volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires from Brazil competed against Mônica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel from Brazil in the final match.
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.
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
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.