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    Natalie Cook (Australia) - FEMALE BEACH VOLLEYBALL PLAYER

    Natalie Cook is the only athlete, male or female, to have participated in all five Olympic Games beach volleyball events since its introduction at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Along with partner and 2007 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee Kerri Pottharst, she captured the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medal in beach volleyball after earning the bronze medal at the inaugural 1996 Olympic Games for beach volleyball. Cook and Pottharst were awarded the FIVB's Beach Team of the Decade for the 1990s. Cook earned the bronze medal at the 2003 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships playing with Nicole Sanderson. The duo went on to finish fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games. Cook partnered with Tamsin Hinchley in the next two Olympics in 2008 and 2012. Cook partnered with three different players to win five Australian Beach National Championships.

    Caren Kemner (United States) - FEMALE INDOOR PLAYER

    Caren Kemner, an outside hitter, competed in three consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1988 and helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She was selected to the "All Spectacular Team" following the 1992 Olympics. Kemner led the United States to its first FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal in 1995. She holds bronze medals from the 1990 FIVB World Championships and the 1986 Goodwill Games. Kemner was honored with the most outstanding player award at the 1991 FIVB World Cup and later selected as the FIVB most valuable player for the 1991 season. Kemner, the 1985 USA Volleyball Female Rookie of the Year, was a six-time recipient of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year and a five-time winner of the USA team most valuable player award during her 15 years with the National Team. She was selected to USA Volleyball's 75th Anniversary All-Era Team for the 1978 to 2002 time period.

    Vyacheslav Zaytsev (Russia) - MALE INDOOR PLAYER

    Vyacheslav Zaytsev earned three Olympic Games medals from 1976 to 1988 as the setter for the Soviet Union. After aiding the Soviet Union to the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Zaytsev reached the top step of the Olympic podium with gold in front of the home crowd at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. After boycotting the 1984 Olympics, the Soviet Union and Zaytsev returned to the podium at the 1988 Olympics with the silver medal, finishing second to the United States who had won the 1984 Olympics. He helped the Soviet Union win the FIVB World Championships in 1978 and 1982, along with silver medals at the 1974 and 1986 editions. Zaytsev earned gold medals at both the 1977 and 1981 FIVB World Cup and was named the most valuable player in the 1981 event. He holds six gold medals from the European Championships. Zaytsev won two CEV Top Teams Cup and two Challenge Cups with Avtomobilist Leningrad before finishing his career playing in Italy for Spoleto, Agrigento and Citta di Castello. Zaytsev's son, Ivan, earned the 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal while playing for Italy.



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