Today’s stories

August 25, 2008

The first one can be read here, and the second one is here.

Youtube video on Lloy

August 25, 2008

Pretty cool actually. You can see it here.

More pictures

August 24, 2008

The first picture is from Ball family friend Lance Adams and the other two are courtesy of FIVB.

Arnie’s last blog

August 24, 2008

GOLD THERE IS GOLD IN THE CAPITAL GYM OF BEIJING FOR USA MEN’S  VOLLEYBALL.  It is difficult to explain the emotions that I and my family have regarding what has just taken place in our lives.  To see Lloy stand on the podium of the 2008 Beijing Olympics is a memory that all of us will remember for the remainder of our lives.  The medal is beatuiful and heavy.  This is a true American story of grind, gut and determination.  Overcoming the pressure of an Olympics game, a tragedy of a lost family member and still coming out on top.  A true testament to mankind putting its mind to the task and making it happen.

It was a close match with the fans of both countries cheering for their respective teams.  I turned to the genleman setting next to me and said THIS is what the OLYMPICS is all about.  I am truly PROUD of my son and ALL the hard work he has put into reaching this goal of a gold medal.  He is a true inspiration to so many of us in sport or any other walk of life to take the talents that the Lord has given you and working, and working, and working and believing and having the support of your family to make your dream come true.   A true OLYMPIC CHAMPION (LLOY BALL) and the 2008 USA VOLLEYBALL TEAM.

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!

This is the last blog from Beijing as the next couple of days are traveling to return to the Fort.  We look forward to returning home and seeing all you.

Have a blessed day.

Arnie

Our Sunday on-line story

August 24, 2008

Can be read here.

Photo courtesy of FIVB

From Lloy: I want to thank all my family and friends, but even more so baby Mya, my sisters, all the hundreds of friends and family who have been sending texts and emails who stuck by me this 21-year journey and helped me reach this goal As much as this is for me, I want to share this with them.”

He said, Oh, yeah, there will be a party.

From Arnie: It was a very emotional time. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to us and congratulated us, and talked about how happy they were for us. This is finally the pay off. The medal is really heavy. The mother is heavy. When they raise your flag and play your anthem, it’s an amazing moment.

We’ll have more later. 

USA WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2008

At 2:09 this morning, Lloy Ball and team USA beat Brazil 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 to win the gold medal.

As best I can determine, NBC is going to hold the match to broadcast it in primetime Sunday night so it will not be channel 33, despite what someone at channel 33 told me yesterday. I am trying to find out if NBColympics.com will be streaming the match.

You can watch a live runnng score of the match at www.fivb.com. Go to the men’s volleyball section of the Olympics and click on live match results.

Blake

If you haven’t heard

August 22, 2008

The U.S. beat Russia 3-2 at 2:45 a.m. today to advance to Saturday’s gold medal match against either Brazil or Italy. The fifth game was 15-13. Arnie is out celebrating and won’t have a blog update until later on this afternoon.

The gold medal match is scheduled to start around midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning, but the bronze medal match will be played first. I’m going to try to call WKJG on Friday to see if they are going to show the match in its entirety or join it in progress as they have done the past couple of matches. The heck with the local news, how many times do you get to see local history like this?

Here are some other articles about Lloy from national media.

Washington Post is here.

Volleyball magainze is here.

New York Times

Kansas City Star

Blake

NBC interview with Lloy

August 22, 2008

After the Serbia match can be seen here.

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