Finally, the Soviet Union. This is the dream Olympic final the U.S. men's volleyball team waited 20 years to play.
"This is going to be the exclamation point of our success," said middle blocker Craig Buck, a starter on the team that won the 1984 gold medal, the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 world championship.Now it comes down to one game Sunday night.
"We've worked toward that for so long. I know if we play our best, no one can touch us. We can only beat ourselves," said Bob Ctvrtlik, who broke into the starting lineup in 1986.
The Americans moved into the final Friday by routing Brazil 15-3, 15-5, 15-11 in one semifinal, while the Soviets rolled over Argentina 15-11, 17-15, 15-8 in the other. Brazil and Argentina will play for the bronze.
The U.S. players say they found some extra motivation after the men's basketball team was upset by the Soviets.
"We want to contribute to the U.S. medal count," said captain Karch Kiraly.