As our long Olympic journey closes, let’s end on a positive note: the US men’s volleyball won the gold medal on Sunday by beating the heavily-favored Brazilians 3-1. Of course, the real story of the match had little to do with bumps, sets and spikes.
The story was US coach Hugh McCutcheon. As most people know by now, his father-in-law was killed and his mother-in-law was seriously injured by a knife-wielding nut job the day of the Opening Ceremonies. He missed the first three games of the tournament, but returned to his team at the urging of his wife after his mother-in-law was well enough to be moved to a US hospital.