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Karch Kiraly

Full name: Charles Frederick "Karch" Kiraly
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: November 3, 1960 in Jackson, Michigan, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Charles Frederick “Karch” Kiraly (prounounced “Kuh-rye”) of the United States is regarded by many as the greatest volleyballer ever. He learned the game from his father, a Hungarian doctor who had played the sport in his native country, and on the beaches of California, where Kiraly grew up. In 1986, the FIVB declared him the top player in the world, the first time that distinction had been given. He won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, 1985 World Cup, 1986 World Championships, and 1987 Pan-American Games. He played at UCLA in college, where he led them to three NCAA championships and was twice named most valuable player of the NCAA Tournament. Playing professionally in Italy, he helped Il Messaggero win the 1991 World Club Championship. Later a star at beach volleyball, he was the leading money winner and top player at that sport for most of the early 1990s. At Atlanta in 1996, Kiraly partnered Kent Steffes to win the inaugural Olympic gold medal in two-man beach volleyball. He did not compete at the 2000 Olympics, but competed on the beach volleyball circuit through 2003.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball Men's Volleyball United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball Men's Volleyball United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Men's Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA 1 Gold

Men's Beach Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA Kent Steffes Final Round Match 1/2 1 1996-07-27 USA-1 2, USA-2 0 2
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA Kent Steffes Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1996-07-27 USA-1 1, CAN-1 0 1
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA Kent Steffes Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1996-07-26 USA-1 1, USA-3 0 1
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA Kent Steffes Round Three Match #3 1 1996-07-25 USA-1 1, GER 0 1
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Beach Volleyball United States-1 USA Kent Steffes Round Two Match #5 1 1996-07-24 USA-1 1, ITA 0 1

Men's Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW IP
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1984-08-11 USA 3, BRA 0 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1984-08-08 USA 3, CAN 0 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #2 1 1984-07-29 USA 3, ARG 1 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #4 1 1984-07-31 USA 3, TUN 0 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #6 1 1984-08-02 USA 3, KOR 0 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #10 2 1984-08-06 BRA 3, USA 0 0
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1988-10-02 USA 3, URS 1 3 12
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1988-09-30 USA 3, BRA 0 3 11
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #2 1 1988-09-17 USA 3, JPN 0 3 13
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1988-09-19 USA 3, NED 1 3 8
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #7 1 1988-09-22 USA 3, ARG 2 3 13
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #10 1 1988-09-24 USA 3, FRA 0 3 6
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #14 1 1988-09-26 USA 3, TUN 0 3 2