Ogonna Nnamani Is A Volleyball Champ

September 17, 2008

Meet Ogonna Nnamani, an American indoor volleyball player who was quite instrumental in the silver medal winning campaign of the national team in the recently concluded Beijing Olympics. See photos, video and a biography of Ogonna Nnamani here.

Ogonna Nnamani notched up three kills in almost five attempts to help her team put their best show since they won a silver in 1984. Although, Brazil won the gold but then they are the best team in the world and considering the fact that US didn’t win a single medal since their 1992 campaign, speaks a lot about their good performance.

As a biography, Ogonna Nnamani was born on July 29, 1983 in Bloomington, Illinois so her age is 25. She was a phenomenal player right from the high school and was recruited by almost 49 of the top 50 state universities. Her younger sister Njideka also played volleyball for Stanford University.

Ogonna, who is originally from Nigeria, was awarded the Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school. She was a member of the US national team during the 2004 Olympics. Her quote about volleyball during an interview in 2005, is quite popular with the media.

“I know you can run a 100-yard dash by yourself or throw a really good pitch on your own. But in volleyball you rely on your team for every skill you perform.”

She was very much sought after by the Italian A-1 league but made her debut for the Pinkin club of Corozal in the Puerto Rican LVSF league. She helped the US team win a bronze in the World Cup in Japan and qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

Her performance in the Olympics also included a phenomenal 17-point show against Poland, while playing both the sides.

More photos and a video of Ogonna Nnamani are below.

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