US Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team 2012: The 5 MVPs in Pursuit of Gold

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US Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team 2012: The 5 MVPs in Pursuit of Gold
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The U.S. women's volleyball team entered the London Games as the top-seed and gold-medal favorite. They enter bracket play with a perfect 15 points from their five Group B matches.

Coach Hugh McCutcheon is keeping his team grounded despite the lofty expectations. He shared his thoughts on the level of competition at the Olympics with

I like that our team is aspiring to be the best it can be with the hopes of the gold medal. I think that is why you should be here. Why come if you want to come in fifth. That doesn’t make any sense to us.

But that doesn’t mean that we will do it. And we are certainly not under any illusion that just because we have this ranking that all of sudden it will come pretty easy. We know it will be a battle. We know there are a lot of good teams here, but we are not going to back down.

I don’t know who is going to win it, I certainly hope we do. But if we don’t, I know we have done everything we could over the last four years to be ready for this moment. Ultimately, it will come down to one or two plays, maybe some luck, maybe someone being healthy or unhealthy.

McCutcheon won a gold medal as coach of the men in 2008 and is attempting to lead the women to their first taste of Olympic gold. They lost the final to Brazil in Beijing.

The U.S. roster is full of talent, but there are a few players that stand out and are worth getting familiar with.

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