1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Team
1988 Court of Honor Selection
In 1984, the U.S. Olympic team earned the world's number one ranking and became the standard by which great volleyball teams are measured. The team's international dominance continued past the winning of the World Cup (1985) and World Championship (1986), whereby capturing volleyball's "triple crown". But the '84 team did more than win this country's first Gold Medal, it captured the hearts of the American people and generated a new passion for the sport within the United States and around the world. Because of the team's success, more Americans began watching volleyball, playing volleyball, and enjoying volleyball. Volleyball players became heroes, and the sport born in the USA became "America's sport".