The two-time Olympic volleyball champion in Barcelona 92 and Atlanta 96, Raisa O’Farril, died this Tuesday at the age of 51 from cancer that she had suffered for years. The news was released by the photographer Yuniet Ávila through his Facebook account, and the official newspaper. He official media Granma He recognized her as the Cuban volleyball legend in a very brief note.
O’Farril was part of the teaching staff at the Cuban Sports University (UDC) and was attended at the National Institute of Oncology.
“A beautiful person has died, an excellent woman, an excellent athlete,” said Mireya Luis, considered the best volleyball player of all time, through her social networks. She recalled O’Farril as part of the national volleyball team that sportscasters and fans called The Morenas of the Caribbeanwhich marked an era in the 90s.
She was a member of the “golden generation of women’s volleyball” on the island, “to the extreme of comparing herself to legendary teams such as the US men’s basketball Dream Team
Latin Press He highlighted the volleyball player in her role as “passer”, along with Mireya Luis, Regla Torres and that group of sensational players led by the legendary coach Eugenio George. She was part of the “golden generation of women’s volleyball” on the Island, “to the point of comparing herself to legendary teams such as the United States men’s basketball Dream Team, due to their overwhelming hegemony and unparalleled exquisiteness on the court.”
The two-time Olympic champion was part of the team that dominated the World Championship in Brazil from start to finish in 1994, stressed Ariel Aymé Gómez on Facebook: “There the spectacular L the Morenas of the Caribbean they did not lose a single set“. In this event, Regla Torres was recognized as the Most Valuable Player and Mireya Luis as Best Spiker.
“Setter O’Farril’s performance was decisive in that regular sextet that defeated China for the gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Lang Ping and her girls arrived undefeated in seven appearances and the contribution of each player decided that challenge in four sets“Aymé Gómez recalled.
Raisa O’Farrill Bolaños was born in the town of San Diego del Valle, in Cifuentes, Villa Clara, on April 17, 1972. Among her achievements are the gold medal in the 1993 Central American Youth Games (Puerto Rico), in addition to 16 Montreux tournaments with the gold medal, with the exception of 1997, when Cuba ranked second.
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