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Masae Kasai

Full name: Masae Kasai (-Nakamura)
Original name: 河西 (-中村) 昌枝
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: July 14, 1933 in Minami-Alps, Yamanashi, Japan
Died: October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Affiliations: Nichibo Kaizuka, (JPN)
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Volleyball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Masae Kasai started playing volleyball when the sport was still played with nine players a side in Japan (six are used internationally). She joined the Nichibo fiber spinning company right out of high school, first playing for corporation's Ashikaga (Tochigi) team, later for the one from Kaizuka (Osaka). The latter team dominated the women's sport in the late 1950s and 1960s, and when the Japanese started playing according to international rules, Nichibo Kaizuka's players formed the national team. Kasai and her team mates débuted at the 1960 World Championships, finishing behind the Soviet Union. Two years later, the Japanese won the title, defeating the Soviet squad before a Moscow audience. When volleyball made its Olympic début in Tokyo, they lived up to high expectations by again beating the Soviet Union in the final round-robin match, in straight sets. After the Olympics, team captain Masae Kasai met with the Japanese Prime Minister and complained to him that she had not been able to find a husband because of the difficult training regimen. The Prime Minister set her up with a date and the two later married. She later went on to become a volleyball coach in Japan and China, and sat on the board of the Japanese Volleyball Association. In 2008, she was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Women's Volleyball Japan JPN 1 Gold

Women's Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW IP SO
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Japan JPN Round-Robin Match #2 1 1964-10-11 JPN 3, USA 0 3 3 1
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Japan JPN Round-Robin Match #5 1 1964-10-12 JPN 3, ROU 0 3 2 3
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Japan JPN Round-Robin Match #8 1 1964-10-14 JPN 3, KOR 0 3 0 1
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Japan JPN Round-Robin Match #11 1 1964-10-18 JPN 3, POL 1 3 2 4
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Volleyball Japan JPN Round-Robin Match #15 1 1964-10-23 JPN 3, URS 0 3 5 2