10 things you may not know about Richmond Olympian Reid Priddy

10 things you may not know about Richmond Olympian Reid Priddy

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.

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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