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MIREYA LUIS :

Eighteen years in the national volleyball team as one of the main figures, gold medals in the Olympic Games of Barcelona'92, Atlanta'96, and Sydney'00, outstanding performances in world championships and cups as well as in volleyball grand prix tournaments are some of her presentation cards.
Merely at the age of 14 she took part in a senior national championship and she turned out to be the best attacker owing to her immense jumping power, which allowed her to reach at that time the height of 3.05 m (10 feet).
She was born in Camaguey on August 25th, 1967 and her ascension was so quick that at the age of 17 she had already had her first appearance in the international arena obtaining the title in the Pan-american Games of Caracas.
From then on, her name was known everywhere particularly in Asia where she was deeply admired.
In 1986 she gave birth to her first child and less than three weeks after the labor she played in the World Championship of Prague and her team won the silver medal.
The captain of the "Morenas del Caribe" (Caribbean browns) enjoyed herself and made the crowds cheer of emotion. Her demonic attacks took her straight to glory without a single bit of vanity in her.
Fairly selected among the most outstanding athletes of the 20th century, when she finally said good-bye to volleyball practice, she immediately integrated the athlete commission of the international Olympic Committee following a proposal of Juan Antonio Samaranch. Quickly she adhered to the Olympic Solidarity Commission.
She has received numberless decorations in Cuba and abroad. Nowadays she forms part of the highest sport organ in Cuba as vice-president of the national commission of attention to athletes.











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