by Anthony Ch » Thu, 14 Oct 1993 11:46:55. Steve Timmons: During the 1988 Olympics on NBC there was a short segment on the mechanics of jumping showing that Steve Timmons reaches 8 feet 4 inches standing and has a 34 inch vertical, enabling him to touch 11 feet 2 inches. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. I was just wondering how high his vertical is? by Patrick Yu » Sun, 17 Oct 1993 03:44:04, 13. However, he was also broadjumping several feet forward at the time, and it's not clear how hard he was trying. > Karch Kiraly's vertical indoors is listed at 40" and he is 6'3". As a beach volleyball player, Karch Kiraly was no less successful. The great teams can do that, and those are the gold medal winning teams. Omissions? As for Allen, I didn't see him go 42-43", but I know that Carlos Briceno saw him touch 11' 6", and he only reaches about 7' 10" (= 44" !!) When people in football or basketball talk about vertical jump, they are usually measuring it from a flatfooted, two foot start. He attended the University of California (B.S., 1983) in Los Angeles, where he was a four-time All-American and led his squad to three national titles (1979, 1980, 1981) in four years. Karch Kiraly – Karch was born November 3, 1960 in Jackson, Michigan. Succeeding McCutcheon as head coach after the Olympics, Kiraly then coached the women’s team to the 2014 FIVB World Championship gold medal, and the bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. One of the confusingf things about talking about vertical jump is that the techniques used to measure it are typically different in volleyball than in other sports. Karch is listed at 6'3" but he is really at most 6'2" -- I know because I. Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! When you’ve done everything you can to train yourself for competition, you’ll sleep well when the tournament is over, win or lose. > Outdoors, he jumps 34" out of the sand. Karch Kiraly's vertical indoors is listed at 40" and he is 6'3". Karch Kiraly began playing volleyball with his father Lazslo, himself a former Hungarian junior international, when he as just 6 years old. Fred Sturm (ex-Stanford coach, current National Team coach) once said that one of the best things about Karch wasn't that he could jump 41", but that he could do it all night long. When Kiraly was four years old, he moved with his family to Santa Barbara, California. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Having proven to be an outstanding player for his high school team and registering a vertical jump of 104cm as a young teenager, Kiraly was selected for the US junior national team and played for three years, with the team winning the Pacific Rim Cup tournament twice and Kiraly being named MVP in the 1979 edition. As for Karch, he really did reach 11' 6", and the amazing thing was not that he could do it all night - most well-conditioned athletes can - it was that he could reach nearly as high using a standing start as he could with an approach. With a vertical leap of 41 inches (104 cm), Kiraly was a standout at Santa Barbara High School and during his senior year was named the best player in the state. Following his departure from Italy in 1992, Kiraly made a full-time switch to beach volleyball. The differences in measurement technique certainly make a difference, particularly to those who have spent years perfecting the explosiveness of their approach to the jump (ie volleyball players). But the best was yet to come, as the team went one better with gold at the same tournament in 1983, before sweeping the competition before them to land an extraordinary haul of medals: the 1985 FIVB World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, and back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988. For more inspiration quotes from Karch & other volleyball legends check out our Best Volleyball Quotes post. In 1981, the side won the silver medal at the NORCECA Championships with Kiraly playing at Outside Hitter. *        *Talk about eternal damnation........                          *        ****************************************************************, by Christopher Ranieri Rotell » Thu, 14 Oct 1993 23:31:34, by Gregory A. Along with long-time teammate Steve Timmons, he joined an all-star line-up at Il Messaggero Ravenna in Italy. Kiraly was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in 1981 and 1982 and was later inducted into the NCAA hall of fame in 1992. His jersey was retired in 1993. Sometimes, one step is allowed prior to the jump - meaning that the jumper starts with feet apart, then brings them together and jump straight up. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2001. Karch Kiraly: Karch reaches 8 feet 1 inch standing, has a vertical of 41 inches, enabling him to touch 11 feet 6 inches (this comes from his book and directly from his mouth). His father, Laszlo Kiraly, had played on the Hungarian national volleyball team, and he introduced his son to the game at an early age; by the time Karch was 11 years old, he had entered his first beach tournament with his father. Between 1978 and 1982, the UCLA Bruins won three NCAA Championships, two with perfect seasons. Or, is it that we are already talking about a heroic figure of the past (no flames please). Something to think about when doing those jump workouts, however... And here's an old post from Greg Martin himself on famous jumpers: Here's information on vertical jumps of famous people: Michael Jordan: According to the basketball rumor mill Michael Jordan reaches 9 feet standing and has a 50 inch vertical, enabling him to snatch coins off the top of the backboard (presumably 13 feet, but I haven't measured it). Having coached at high school level, Karch Kiraly was chosen to be High McCutcheon’s assistant and together, they coached the US women’s national team to the Olympic silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. |> Michael Jordan: According to the basketball rumor mill Michael Jordan |> reaches |> 9 feet standing and has a 50 inch vertical, enabling him to snatch coins |> off |> the top of the backboard (presumably 13 feet, but I haven't measured it). Since I am 6'5" and have never met anyone around my height who reached higher than 8' 5 1/2", I am awed by the fact that Jordan's arms are >6" longer for 1" more in he ight - sounds fishy to me, but knowing Jordan, who knows. | Outdoors, he jumps 34" out of the sand. Kiraly wrote several books on volleyball, and his autobiography, The Sand Man (written with Byron Shewman), was published in 1999. Corrections? Two years later he guided them to the inaugural FIVB world championship. Karch Kiraly began playing volleyball with his father Lazslo, himself a former Hungarian junior international, when he as just 6 years old. Typically in volleyball, when people measure vertical jump, one uses the approach jump as the standard of measure. We are all going to fall short. When I saw the first 3 players above jump test, they did not reach the heights quoted, but I think that the primary factor was fatigue and age. He attended the University of California (B.S., 1983) in Los Angeles, where he was a four-time All-American and led his squad to three national titles (1979, 1980, 1981) in four years. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. He has authored books on both indoor and beach volleyball. A useful ability when blocking, needing to adjust to a bad set, or jumping out of the sand where the approach is not as important. Alongside his wining record as a player, he also won the individual AVP MVP awards six times, the sportsman of the year award three times, and the AVP Outstanding Achievement award in 2004. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). In 1988, Kiraly was the winning captain and, as he had been in 1986, was named the world’s best player by the FIVB. He was later named the FIVB player of the century. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Karch-Kiraly, California Sports Hall of Fame - Biography of Karch Kiraly, International Volleyball Hall of Fame - Biography of Karch Kiraly. Let me just add one more post to this "vertical jump" thread: > Since the highest vertical jump ever measured was 48" (Dennis Johnson's younger, Kiraly Captures 139th as Karch/AJ win AVP Dallas Open. That’s what makes it sweeter, when we can overcome those and figure out a way to win. *        *Let me please not be in a twilight zone episode. The primary difference is that using an approach allows you to convert forward momentum into upward momentum and use your entire body to jump whereas the standing vertical jump virtually exclusively reflects leg power. Where the    *        *only musical device, is a record player. Along with playing partner Kent Steffes, the pair won in excess of 10 AVP opens per season on the AVP tour between 1992 and 1996, culminating in a gold medal at the inaugural beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. I suspect that most of the figures quoted for volleyball players are for approach jumps, as for the others, I have no idea, but I suspect that some of them are pure hyperbole: In 1999 Kiraly surpassed Sinjin Smith as the beach volleyball player with the most victories; by the time of his retirement in 2007, he had won 144 events. And the only vinyl   *        *record remaining, is THE GREATEST HITS OF SONNY AND CHER. by Torsten Heyc » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 03:54:40. However, at the level of people like Karch and Mireya Luis, I imagine they're pretty consistent. Learn more about how you can support recovery of "ghost nets" to save marine life globally. In 1989 Kiraly left the U.S. national team to play with Il Messaggero of Ravenna, Italy, where he was named MVP when the team won the world club championship in 1991. Greg Martin, jef -------------------------------------------------------------- Jeff Soesbe His real name is Charles Frederick Kiraly, Karch is derived from the Hungarian “Karcsi” which translated means Charlie. Laszlo Kiraly, his father played for the Hungarian national volleyball team before immigrating to the United States. Kiraly mean King in Hungarian. > Outdoors, he jumps 34" out of the sand. With Olympic gold medals in indoor and beach volleyball tournaments, and a further Olympic medal as a coach, he is one of the most successful players in the history of the international game. -------------------------------------------------------------- My opinions are probably not Apple's opinions. Find volleyball clubs near you to learn and play volleyball.

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