Mireya Luis, Cuba's Olympic Outside Hitting High Jumping Superstar
At 5' 10" Cuban Olympian hitter, Mireya Luis was one of the smallest elite outside hitters in the world and led the Cuba women to win 3 Olympic gold medals.
Alejandina Mireya Luis Hernández, often referred to as Mireya was born on February 25, 1967 in Camagüey.
She helped her country and club where she played to win several trophies with her main position as a wing spiker.
Volleyball Player Profile Mireya Luis
At 5' 10" Mireya was one of the smallest elite world class outside hitters in international competition.
She was known for her tremendous jumping ability having 36 inch vertical on a bad day, and on good days jumping closer to 40 inches.
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A member of the first Olympic women's team in history to win three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.
1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona - Gold
1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta - Gold
2000 Olympic Games - Gold
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World Championship Experience
1985 World Championships u20 Most Valuable Player
1986 World Championships
1985 World Cup - Best Spiker
1989 World Cup - Most Valuable Player
1989 World Cup - Best Spiker
1991 World Cup - Best Scorer
1993 World Grand Prix - Best Spiker
1994 World Grand Prix - Best Spiker
1994 World Championships - Best Spiker
1995 World Cup - Best Spiker
1995 World Cup - Most Valuable Player
Watch the 1995 World Cup match between Cuba and Japan.
Major International Competition
1983 winner of Pan American Games with Cuban National team
1986 World Championships - Silver medal with Cuban National team
1990, 1994 and 1998 World Championships - Gold Medal with Cuban National team
1991 first ever gold medal at the World Cup in Mexico
2004 inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame
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Mireya competed professionally in Cuba for a number of years before venturing outside of her country to play in Japan for the top Daiei-Hitachi team before playing in Italy for Bergamo Volley, the same team Francesca Piccinini played for.
Watch as Paula Weishoff and Mireya Luis compete together on the same team in Japan.
1994-1995 champion Top Volley International with Camaguey
1993-1994 fifth place club world championship with Camaguey
1998-1999 Italian Serie A1 Champions with Bergamo Volley
1998-1999 third place top Volley international with Bergamo Volley
1998-1999 European volleyball champion league winners
1998-1999 fifth place Italian cup with Bergamo Volley
1998-1999 Italian Super Cup champion with Bergamo Volley
Five Fun Facts about Mireya
Did you know that Mireya....
Started playing volleyball at the age of 10
Was a starting outside hitter for the Cuban National team at age 15
Luis is known for her spectacular jumping power reaching 3.39 meter 936 inch), more than any other player, though being only 1.75 meter tall. (5' 10")
She earned numerous "best scorer", "best spiker" and "best player" awards at world, Olympic and continental championships.
Mireya helped lead her Cuban National team to a silver medal just weeks after having her baby girl
Volleyball Quotes and Motivational Words
When asked about the Olympic experience
2000 Sydney Olympics: “Many teams had a lot of chances to be champions at that time, we faced the Russians in the finals and we were down by two sets against them,” she recalled. “Everybody thought we would lose but we did not quit. In the end we won the next three sets and the effort was worth a lot.”