RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - After dropping the first two games in the Olympics, the U.S. men's volleyball team roared back to life with three wins in a row. On Wednesday, the team will face Poland in the quarterfinals.
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The men's volleyball team includes Richmond native and four-time Olympian Reid Priddy, who was on the gold-medal winning team at the 2008 games in China.
Here are 10 things you may not know about him:
- At age 38, he's the oldest U.S. men's volleyball player in Rio
- This is almost his fifth Olympics -- he was chosen as an alternate for the 2000 team.
- He almost didn't make this team. He suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in May 2014. Doctors took a ligament from his left knee to fix his torn right knee, so both legs needed time to recover.
- In 2000, Priddy played in an Italian volleyball league.
- In 2008, Priddy played in Russian pro leagues.
- Priddy holds a communications degree from Loyola Marymount in Southern California
- Priddy met his wife Lindsay when they teens. They dated for a while, broke up for six years, then got back together in 2006 and married each other the next year.
- Priddy revealed in a recent Instagram conversation that he played soccer, baseball and basketball in high school.
- In a similar conversation on Facebook, Priddy says if he didn't play volleyball at the Olympics, his top three other choices would be beach volleyball, golf and soccer.
- His favorite guilty pleasure food: Mint chip ice cream.
Get to know him even more in his Facebook conversation he had with fans on Monday:
The men's quarterfinal match-up against Poland begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday. If they win, they'll play in the semifinals on Friday.
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