Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 13, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist, was injured in a bus accident Tuesday evening as her Brazilian professional volleyball team Volei Futuro was traveling to the gymnasium to compete in the first match of the best-of-three semifinal round Superliga playoff.
Sykora was held overnight at a local Brazil hospital.
“USA Volleyball is aware of the situation involving Stacy Sykora and has reached out to her family members,” USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. “USA Volleyball has also been in contact with the Brazil Volleyball Federation, the U.S. consulate’s office in Brazil and the Brazilian hospital for additional information on the situation. From what we have gathered, we expect a full recovery by Stacy and her Brazilian pro teammates. Stacy is an iconic member of our U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and is one of our most engaging players with the fans. She is a key member of the team as it competes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.”
“On behalf of the U.S. Women’s National Team staff, I want to wish Stacy a full and speedy recovery - our thoughts are certainly with her,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “From our understanding, Stacy is receiving quality medical treatment and has the support of our USA Volleyball family, her Brazilian teammates, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation and her many fans in the U.S. and around the world.”
Sykora has competed for the U.S. in the last three Summer Olympic Games and earned her first Olympic Games medal in 2008. She was named the Best Libero at the 2010 FIVB World Championship and led the competition in digs with 4.85 per set. Sykora played a key role in leading the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s international volleyball tournament. In her second Olympic Games appearance in 2004, she earned the event’s Best Digger honor. For a full bio on Sykora, visit usavolleyball.org/athletes/stacy-sykora.
According to Beal, USA Volleyball has nearly 300 American athletes competing in professional volleyball leagues in many countries around the world this winter.