USA Silver Medalist Talks Story with the OAA! (VIDEOS)

by Joseph Kamiya, OAA volunteer/videographer

On Friday, September 7th, we had the honor of hosting a meet and greet with USA Silver Medalist, Tamari Miyashiro (Women’s Volleyball)! With the U.S. national volleyball team, she won the Gold Medal at the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix and recently won the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics. She had some great anecdotes and insights to share with us and we’re glad to be able to share them with you as well!

Here are a handful of video excerpts from that night… (full 1+ hour video coming soon, so please “like” us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates!)


Tamari talks about being the only Okinawan on most of the teams she has played with, the ethnic diversity of Team USA, working within physical limitations, her desire to visit Okinawa, and growing up with Okinawan food, performance art, and festivals.

(click on the video below to watch or click here)


Tamari talks about playing against the best national teams before and at the Olympics.

(click on the video below to watch or click here)


Tamari talks about transitioning from all-around player in high school to libero in college, the benefits of switching positions, struggling with the pressures of winning and losing (especially on college and national teams), and learning to become confident with your own training and skills.

(click on the video below to watch or click here)


Tamari talks about the 2012 Olympics (expectations vs. reality), being surrounded by the world’s greatest athletes (who all share one common goal), and the changing of priorities when one becomes an athlete (how everything effects one’s performance).

(click on the video below to watch or click here)


Tamari talks about her favorite Hawaii style food!

(click on the video below to watch or click here)


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