B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2008) – U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team member Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) was named the Most Valuable Player of the Olympic tournament on Aug. 25, one day after the U.S. Men defeated Brazil to win the 2008 Olympic gold medal.
Stanley, who plays opposite, led the U.S. Men against Brazil, finishing with 20 points on a match-high 15 kills, three blocks and two aces as the United States defeated defending champion and world No. 1-ranked Brazil, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 on Aug. 24. He finished as the Best Scorer of the tournament with 146 points on 116 kills, 15 blocks and 15 aces. He was also the Best Server.
"My future is here in the sport," Stanley told the FIVB. "I love volleyball and I'll be here until I can't be here anymore. They are the greatest team and friends I could ever have."
Beijing marked Stanley’s second Olympic Games. He was a member of the team that finished fourth in 2004.
The U.S. Men have now matched the USSR with three Olympic gold medals in men’s volleyball. Team USA won gold in 1984 (Los Angeles), 1988 (Seoul) and 2008 (Beijing). The USSR won gold in 1964 (Tokyo), 1968 (Mexico City) and 1980 (Moscow). Brazil is the third-best country at the Olympics after winning gold in 1992 (Barcelona) and 2004 (Athens).
Stanley credited the United States’ gold-medal performance in 2008 to "team spirit, key athletes and great staff."
The U.S. Men have been doing media appearances in Southern California and around the country since winning the gold medal.
FIVB-ranked best players for the 2008 Olympic Games:
MVP: Clayton Stanley (USA)
Best Scorer: Clayton Stanley (USA)
Best Spiker: Sebastian Swiderski (POL)
Best Blocker: Gustavo Endres (BRA)
Best Server: Clayton Stanley (USA)
Best Digger: Alexey Verbov (RUS)
Best Setter: Pawel Zagumny (POL)
Best Receiver: Michal Winiarski (POL)
Best Libero: Mirko Corsano (ITA)