Brazil's coach, Jose Guimaraes, after celebrating with his team, had no doubts what had made his team so good. 'The main point was the spirit of unity in the team. . . we were representing a people and a flag. Nothing else mattered.' Indeed it did not. Their win sparked prolonged and ecstatic celebrations.
The Americans, champions in 1984 and 1988, had to come back from a set down to beat Cuba in four sets for the bronze. 'Obviously we wanted that gold,' their blocker, Bob Samuelson, said. 'But we wanted to be a part of this and come back with something.'
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