Inducted as a Player 2007
In an era when increasingly the game was
dominated by powerful players with great jump serves, outstanding
hitters and huge blockers at the net, Ctvrtlik carved out his place
by being perhaps one of the best master technicians of the game and a
great passer and defender. At one point he was acknowledged as the
most outstanding server receiver in the world. He was playing with
Karch Kiraly at the time, so it was quite an honor and credit to his
Ctvrtlik was one of those athletes who reached as close to his full
potential as any athlete could. He simply outworked everybody in the
gym and figured out a way on the court to not only be a winner, but
to make the players around him better in every team environment he was ever
Ctvrtlik, a three-time Olympian for the U.S. Men's Indoor National
Team, was instrumental in propelling the Americans past the Soviet
team to capture a Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He
later captained the 1992 U.S. team that took the bronze at the 1992
Summer Games in Barcelona.
After Barcelona, Ctvrtlik went to Europe to play in the Italian
professional league, but returned to captain the U.S. Menís Team as
it prepared for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He is credited with
spearheading the improvement in the team's world ranking from 15th to
fourth within 10 months of his return.
Ctvrtlik was awarded "Best Player in the World" in 1995; however his
U.S. team finished out of medal contention at the Atlanta Olympics.
He is currently the Vice President, International of the United
States Olympic Committee.