The Story of the Best Volleyball Team in Olympic History | Arriba Cuba
The Story of the Best Volleyball Team in Olympic History | Arriba Cuba

Competing at the Olympic Games
requires an absolute sacrifice. For women,
that sacrifice is even bigger. I sacrificed everything
for 12 straight years. (ARRIBA CUBA:
LAS MORENAS DEL CARIBE) The story of “The Caribbean
Girls” is, without a doubt, one of the most compelling
in Cuban Olympic history. In 1978, at the
World Championship, playing against Japan, the so-called
“Oriental Witches” were defeated by the Cuban team which became known as
“The Caribbean Girls”. That victory became such
a sensation that Cuba’s revolutionary leader,
Fidel Castro, gave the team full
governmental support. Thanks to our political system,
which is our main sponsor, allowed us to focus
on achieving our goal. “The Caribbean Girls” became
more than a team – a legend was being forged, a symbol that went
beyond volleyball. We won our first Games
in Barcelona ’92. Cuba hadn’t participated in
Los Angeles ’84 and Seoul ’88, so our generation was
really eager to win medals and we did everything
we could to win. Our motivation for winning
was our country. Cubans love sports, and our victories brought joy
to our people. Our commitment, other than to
our families and our country, was to the leader
of the Revolution. He always fought for us,
to make us better. He would ask what our goal was
and we would reply “winning”, because we represent
the Cuban people. Some people might not
understand it, but those living in Cuba
in those difficult years can understand it very well. The people needed
some sort of joy – that was our motivation
at that time. They needed it. In Atlanta,
the team was more mature – there were some changes
but we had a strong foundation. There was a hair salon
inside the Olympic village. We all wanted to look
good for the cameras because the Games were
televised. We wanted to have good hair. We became distracted, and we lost our focus. Our coach got really angry. He said that wasn’t normal and that he’d lost hope
that we’d win gold. That made us worry. The Brazilians had
prepared very well. They knew our weaknesses, and were there to win
the gold medal. It is well known
what went down. That match became more
important than the final. 20 years later,
people still talk about it. It was a very tough match
because they were so close. In the end we won and went on to play
the final against China. Imagine, both teams
wanted the medal, the Brazilians weren’t happy,
a fight broke out. But in the end,
we won a spectacular match, a beautiful
and tightly contested match. After the game against Brazil,
we were very excited. Our coach became worried. The Olympic Games
were not over yet, we still have to play
against China which is as good as Brazil
and could beat us. When you sacrifice so much and achieve as much as we did, it tastes like glory. It’s worth all the sacrifices
as a teenager and as a woman. I’d do it again. Some people think that
athletes’ lives are easy, but they aren’t. I didn’t have the chance
to become a mother, but I’ve achieved other things, which would’ve been difficult
to accomplish if I had chosen to become a mother, because
I would’ve lost valuable time. You owe yourself to the team. Getting pregnant was
a big responsibility. You can’t damage the team.
All of that must be sacrificed. The sport goes first. “The Caribbean Girls”
represented women of the third world in
developing countries as well as Cuban women. Simple women, of very humble
origins, almost all were black. We represent the strength
of Cuban women. We were the face of
Cuba abroad. We were the ambassadors
of Cuba. They are a symbol for Cuba. They brought international
prestige to Cuban sports and to Cuban women. We became role models
as women and as a team. My team was known to
have strong women. We played aggressively. We were very temperamental,
moody, nobody liked to lose. Those two things combined
were explosive. Cuban women have always been
aggressive and feisty. That aggressiveness was
necessary because there were great teams that pushed us
to the limit on every game, so we had to be aggressive. When they looked at my face,
without me saying a word, they’d realise
they couldn’t beat me. I try to teach my athletes
that same aggressiveness, the perseverance
and fighting spirit that we had on the court. The aggressiveness in the jump,
the power of the attack… Those were concepts
shared by all of us and we try to pass that on
to the new generations. Eugenio George, our coach,
was like a father to us. He trained us to play hard but also taught us
to be feminine. We played like men, but after
the game we were ourselves. Feminine, modest, fragile,
delicate, with many virtues. Despite the toughness
of training, you have to preserve your
essence as a woman. He taught us how to
project our femininity, how to wear make-up,
how to dress, even how to walk. He made us read so we could
express ourselves better. He wanted us to dress up
and be elegant, so we’d go around
turning heads. He wanted people to
notice the Cuban team. We owe so much to that great
man, because he made us what we are, what we were. Our coach used to say that we defended our country
in the trenches of sport. By defending our colours, respecting each other, looking after yourself,
as a human being, as a woman. We are like family – that’s what Eugenio taught us. Every now and then
we all get together, we are always connected. We always find a way to gather
“The Caribbean Girls” from the first to the last. – Victory!
– Cuba! (RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SET POINT) From Sydney 2000, many people remember the match
against Russia because we were down
after two sets. The first two sets were intense
for both teams, but we got back in the game, due to our superior athletic
conditioning. By the fifth set,
the Russians were tired. It was my turn to serve. The ball bounced back. I passed it to Taymaris Agüero. She passed it to Regla. I can’t even explain the rest. I get very emotional
talking about it. I came to know each one
of them so deeply. I dreamt of them. I cried and laughed with them. There are no words to
describe everything I felt
as captain of that team. That team,
“The Caribbean Girls”, should live in the hearts of all those who love
volleyball. We just want to be remembered
as “The Caribbean Girls” – as the great champions

100 thoughts on “The Story of the Best Volleyball Team in Olympic History | Arriba Cuba”

  1. Andre Pizarro says:

    mis respeto a esta grande escuadra cubana que logro todos los titulos.saludos desde peru lindas las morenas del caribe

  2. Marcelino Seoane says:

    Sin duda alguna las mejores del mundo

  3. Francisco Villalobos says:

    Die beste Mannschaft in den ganze Welt 🇩🇪

  4. nuanda spencer says:


  5. Gotty channel says:

    โลกวอลเลย์บอลจะจารึกพวกเธอไว้ว่า พวกเธอคือทีมที่ดีที่สุดในยุคนั้น

  6. Odinea Torres says:

    Brasiiiillllllllll y Cubaaaaa

  7. Odinea Torres says:

    cuba uma selecao muito boa ,mas quando jogava contra o Brasil sempre teve um jogo a flor da pele Brasil jogou muito a unica selecao que podia vencer Cuba,mas as Morenas comecaram a gritar e mexer com o psicologico com elas a Brasileiras linda historia !
    Brasilllll mejorr

  8. ruithora30 says:

    Erased Tai Aguero?! You are stupid, not crazy. Shame on you Olimpic fake channel and Olimpic Cuba!

  9. Anderson Ampuero says:

    Las olímpicas ❤

  10. Miguel Casona says:

    Campeonas para siempre.

  11. nibiru144 says:

    El mejor equipo de la historia. Marcó un antes y un después en la historia del voley Mundial.

  12. TheRomano34 says:

    Muchachas fueron las mejores de mundo y eso nadie lo olvidará!!!!

  13. TheRomano34 says:

    Me hisieron llorar con esas jugadas y tanto sacrificio de atleta y de ganas que el mundo supiera de ustedes las mejores las reinas de CUBA!!!!!!

  14. Ron Reg says:

    They were awesome. I loved these Girls. I grew up watching their games….

  15. Komsan Chankam says:

    You guys were simply the best! Viva Cubanos

  16. Rafael Nogueiras Neris Rodrigues says:

    (Bom Jesus da lapa-BAHIA- BRAZIL)vale São Francisco.I LOVE YOU FOREVER CUBA VOLEBOL.FELIZ 2019./JESUS VEM BREVE😇😇😇💚💚💚☝

  17. ADRIANO NB says:

    Impressionante como todas elas saltavam muito e batiam muito forte. Como esquecer de Miréia Luiz? Uma lenda do vôlei, melhor jogadora de todos os tempos. Abraços do Brasil.

  18. Henrique Ferreira says:

    Saludo a todas desde Brasil, és una hermosa história

  19. Liliana Diaz says:

    Ese mismo sistema político errado que las llevo a las cupidez del voleibol mundialista fue a la.mismo que la despareció en voleibol moderno .lamentablemente

  20. Carlos Morales says:

    Lo mejor …..

  21. Jason Vote RED says:

    Emocionante historia, wow 😮 ganar la medalla de oro en tres olímpicos consecutivos..1992, 1996, 2000 , las morenas si que dominaron el volleyball mundial

  22. Carlos Masariegol says:

    Qué bellas morenas siempre e admirado a los atletas cubanos saludos de un mexicano

  23. Jose Michael Delgado Taborga says:

    Campeonas a lo alto dejando historia en el voley mundial, todas jugaban pero todas!!! Mireya mi Favorito, mis bendiciones pueblo cubano desde Perú 🇵🇪

  24. manuel espinosa says:

    Gracias, gracias, por todas las alegrias que nos dieron. Todos los cubanos estamos muy orgullosos de su sacrificio y de sus logros.

  25. Rafael Nogueiras Neris Rodrigues says:


  26. Rafael Silva says:

    Parabens por essa linda história , vcs sao admiradas por todos os fans de voleibol do mundo 🤗

  27. Sauce Boy D.G says:

    Adonde está mi gente
    Viva cuba 🇨🇺!

  28. Joem LZD says:

    OMG! Regla Torres!!!!

  29. Joem LZD says:

    I have just realized…this was the same team that went here in the Philippines in 2000 (?). I remember being mesmerized at how these athletes can look both sporty and glamorous. They were wearing jewelry. 😂😂😂

  30. Arvin Fegason says:

    Cuba is the best.The legendary team…

  31. Russ Diaz says:

    Morenas Linda's e inolvidables no me canso de verlas una y orra ves sobre Todo porque representative mi revanxha de Peru contra Brazil. Commo disfrutaba cuando ganaban a Brazil

  32. thedemiurge says:

    I agree with this. But why cant they try having 2 setter hitters anymore? Cuban volleyball has declined after sydney.

  33. Elegido Martins says:

    Las morenas del caribe están dentro de mi corazón muchas gracias por darnos a todo el pueblo de Cuba tanta Felicidad .son el orgullo de una isla pequeña en el planeta gigante en el caribe.

  34. RCC Campos says:

    Que talento, valor humano de estas mujeronas, dios permita que Cuba 🇨🇺 nunca cadesca de ésta calidad de mujer, son grandes por siempre MORENAS DEL CARIBE las amo

  35. ํPatt Chn says:

    Very glad for see you again , miss you all always. fc from Thailand

  36. Jose Saenz says:

    Amo como jugaban Cuba



  38. Lourenço Marinho says:

    Soy brasileño y yo era enamorado de esto maravilloso equipo! Mismo cuando jugaban contra brasil yo apoyaba Cuba, las mejores de siempre! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  39. Rildo Rocha says:

    Melhor !!!

  40. Jay D Williams says:

    The Greatest volleyball team in the history!!! 3 time consecutive olympic gold medalist!!!

  41. Marcelo Mérida dos Reis says:

    Em 1996, com 10 anos de idade, eu me apaixonei pelo vôlei assistindo a Olimpíada de Atlanta. É claro que, ao final, chorei horrores ao ver o Brasil perder para a Cuba, com toda aquela confusão no final. Em 2000, nova derrota para Cuba nas semifinais. As cubanas sempre foram a pedra no sapato do Brasil. Quando o time de Cuba está forte, ele é imbatível. O que essas cubanas fizeram foi algo mágico e inesquecível de ver! Sou completamente apaixonado por essa geração tricampeã olímpica. Desde então, nunca mais vi no voleibol um time tão especial, com jogadoras tão singulares, como a desse time de Cuba. Mireya Luis, Yumilka Ruiz e tantas outras são fenômenos que ainda não foram superados por nenhuma outra jogadora de qualquer seleção. Tudo o que eu queria era ver Cuba voltar a brigar por títulos. É claro que isso seria muito mau para o Brasil. Mas para mim, não havia nada melhor no mundo do que ver um jogo entre Brasil e Cuba pegando fogo!

  42. Jianping Sun says:

    I still remebered all of them, the best vball team ever

  43. Sonita Coma says:

    Escuchar la historia, vivirla en Cuba, uffff las morenas del caribe, si que nos hicieron muy felices

  44. gule55 says:

    Unas leyendas del volleyball y del deporte, una pena que hoy día Cuba a venido a menos en este deporte.

  45. naufrago 92 says:


  46. Evodio cardenas says:

    A mí me impresionaba que Mireya Luis hacia pedazos el bloqueo de las tres torres rusas,lo mejor de la historia de las olimpiadas.

  47. Mike Mike says:

    Brazil team were stupid players can't admit how excellent the cuban team
    Cuban volleyball team is greatest team of all times.

  48. Raynel Estevez Alfaro says:

    Que pena que Cuba no quiera rescatar estas cosas. Este es el mejor equipo de voley de la historia !

  49. Angel Milán says:

    La cagaron cuando mencionaron al HP de Fidel Castro. Uds. fueron las mejores porque se sacrificaron y lo dieron todo. Pero no le agradezcan nada a ese personaje, por favor.

  50. Miyashita shisuka says:


  51. cbracamonte says:

    Esto parece un comercial de la dictadura de Cuba

  52. Alexis Zarate Cuaresma says:

    Un equipo de respeto a lo largo de la Historia .
    Ese si es y sera un equipo de volleyball .

  53. Jeremiah Lance Suson says:

    any good transalation to english pls? coz i love those girls

  54. Flavio Martha Beleche says:

    Marlenis Costa 😍

  55. 酒池肉林 says:

    古巴女排真的非常了不起 中国女排五连冠时期的高光被古巴盖过去了

  56. Jerick Co says:

    Who among you here are still hoping for Cuba's comeback?….

  57. Paul Obosa says:

    The best….

  58. Esnedy milàn herrera says:

    Mi fa veramente pena che scrivano chicas y no MUJERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…Siempre sere orgullosa de ellas son un ejemplo unico para mi siempre lo fueron…

  59. Esnedy milàn herrera says:

    No lo que fueron lo seran siempre un esempio unico de feminilidad ,belle da, anegacion,coraje…Gracias Morenas
    Cuando estaba en Cuba y me sentia triste me dejan fuerza y coraje

  60. Ysa YSN says:

    Me encantó este reportaje, Como no recordarlas? Fueron grandes Ustedes, con un juego envidiable, lindo, unido,con un coraje tremendo, que DIOS LAS BENDIGA POR ESA HERMOSA FAMILIA QUE AÚN SIGUEN TENIENDO,,,POR ELLO SON CAMPEONAS👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙅‍♀️😘🇵🇪💖

  61. Marcos Bornacch says:

    A melhor seleção da história do vólei❤

  62. Sebas Nieves. says:

    Jamás las olvidaremos, en todo el mundo serán recordadas por siempre, como las más grandes de la historia del voleibol, en Colombia siempre las tenemos presente. 🇨🇴😍

  63. Jose Valle says:

    I love them with all my
    Soul, great rode models for us today, love mireya luis.

  64. Jayson Hernandez says:

    So touching. I miss the dream team. The queens or the tara flex, regla bell, regla Torres, mireya Luis, Yumilka Ruiz, marlenis Costa, lilia izquierdo, and the rest of the Cuban team. I'm in tears watching this docu. Wish to see new breed of Cuban women dominate the volleyball world 😭😭😭

  65. Gerardo Cailloma says:

    Tiempo de que regresen a la escena. Como las peruanas también.

  66. Márcio Marques says:

    Elas foram simplesmente extraordinárias…lindas e imbatíveis.
    O Brasil evoluiu a partir daí.
    A morenas do Caribe…
    Merecem todo respeito e admiração.
    Viva Cuba

  67. rey densing says:

    i love torres, bell and ruiz.

  68. jean passos says:

    Sem dúvida nenhuma, não existiu um time igual! Foram as melhores do século com certeza! Saudades de Ve las jogando voleibol ❤

  69. RONAN LUCAS says:

    Maravilhosas… ❤

  70. Ivan_ Torres says:

    Im From The philippines and this team is a legend

  71. Italo Vilca says:

    LLORE !!!!#!!😫

  72. Wal Silva says:

    Documentário lindo…eu sou brasileiro e adorava ver Cuba jogar, eu acordava de madrugada pra assistir os jogos de Cuba contra o Brasil, porque sabia que era sinal de jogão! Eu era fã da Regla Bell e Mireya Luís.

  73. Gian Yarin Rengifo says:

    Yo los vi con mis propios ojos , cuba perdia 2 set abajo y cuando de pronto en el 3set cuba era otro equipo mas agresivo y preciso en todas sus jugadas , parecia. De otra galacia ,hasta q llegaron al 5set ,y lo ganaron , qe emocion y sentimientos encontrados los tuve mientras recibian la medalla de oro , Son mis idolos , siempre las veo aunque pasen los años ningunas como ellas hasta ahira no hay .

  74. Gian Yarin Rengifo says:

    Son mis idolas , como ellas y todo el equipo cubano no hay , como las extrañooooooooo

  75. Hazel Romero says:

    The greatest volleyball women Olympians to be recorded in the history and it's just so sad thinking. that the legacy has never been continued in these modern volley times.

  76. nancy espinoza says:

    Las únicas y verdaderas

  77. Berk Kızıldağ says:

    Lovely country and lovely people proud all of you.greetings from Turkey ! Ataturks kid! I believe Cuba will come over Olympics again defeat and shock the world!

  78. carlos henriqúe pinheiro lopes says:

    Cuba tinha um time poderosíssimo!!!! Agora, a verdade seja dita, as maiores batalhas de Cuba entre as décadas de 1990/2000 foram contra o Brasil!!! 1996 e 2000 em duas semifinais olímpicas, que na verdade foram dois jogos dignos de finais, foram duas BATALHAS!!!! Cuba já sabia que se conseguisse passar pelo Brasil, seriam campeãs olímpicas!!!! Eu ficava admirado em ver uma jogadora de 1,74 saltar acima dos bloqueios do porte de Rússia, China, USA e Brasil!!!! Myrea será sempre a minha preferida!!!! O Brasil foi amadurecendo e chegou ao estágio em que se encontra, com muito trabalhooooo!!!!!! Esse trabalho Cuba ENSINOU!!!! Arriba chicas del Caribe!!!! Beijos do Brasil!!!!!

  79. Namaste Ari says:

    varias de ellas vinieron a Lima, como su segunda casa….tienen fanaticos en peru mis morenas!!

  80. tube mitch says:


  81. Min Keanrod says:

    Cuba the best volleyball 1992 1996 2000

  82. Eduardo 09 says:

    Que saudades dos grandes jogos entre Cuba x Brasil. Espero que Cuba possa voltar a seus melhores fias. Voltando a ser competitivo. E o Brasil que abra o olho. Vai pelo mesmo caminho. Seleções de base apanhando a torto e direito nos torneios mundiais da das categorias. Investimento na base fraco e sendo feito de forma errada. Abram o olho enquanto é tempo .

  83. Caio Almeida says:

    Não gosto delas, são mal educadas ficam gritando na quadra feito loucas aff…Hj Cuba no feminino já era!

  84. Betoruzy says:

    Sin duda este equipo cubano es el mejor de todos los tiempos debido a sus logros, pero no tendría el mismo éxito en los días de hoy. El voleibol evolucionó en fuerza, técnica y altura de los jugadores. El diferencial de las cubanas era la fuerza física y el alcance de los saltos, pero hoy encontraría la misma característica en el otro lado. Cuba estaría entre los cinco mejores del mundo hoy en día, ganaría campeonatos, pero no estaría muy por encima de los otros.

  85. Jomardz68 says:

    DIOS LAS BENDIGA SIEMPRE.. un abrazo desde mexico a estas hermosas cubanas

  86. Sergio Colas says:

    LAS "MOSTRAS",,,,,bendiciones para cada una,,,, y Gloria Eterna a Eugenio, Calderon, Perdomo, y tantos otros.,,, que EPD.

  87. solan vega says:

    Lástima que Cuba descendió mucho en la elite del voleibol, Ojalá y vuelvan a subir.

  88. Miles Codias says:

    CUBAN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Olympic champion three times in a row (only time ever accomplished in history to date), Three-time World Champion, five-time World Cup champion, eight Pan-Americans, five Central-Americans and twice winners of the Grand Prix.

  89. Daniel Moreira says:

    O voleibol de cuba acavou kkk

  90. Wilhelm Dávila says:

    Las morenas del caribe apodo que les dio el mundo. Mientras que a las dominicanas le pusieron reynas del caribe apodo dado por el el sr Marte jajaja… El mundo

  91. HAYUMA says:


  92. Drogaria e Perfumaria Tijucal says:

    una pena el voley cubano caio tanto ahora no estan ni en la serie B espero un dia verlas de nuevo entre los principales del mundo

  93. เปา หลี says:

    ตำนานจริงๆ❤. อยากฟังออกทุกคำจังแต่ไม่เก่ง☺

  94. Silvani Rocha Rocha says:

    Melhor equipe de todos os tempos "CUBA"

  95. tilawakoha lamiauy says:

    i love to reminisce that yeah there is cuban team . they are very powerful 🙂 though , i dont like them … u know people like underdogs 🙂 how time flew

  96. gemma soyls says:

    Me encantan éstas mujeres

  97. Javier Amad Acosta says:

    se le extraña a CUBA verlo jugar dentro de la élite mundial

  98. Darth Vader says:

    Bendiciones a Las Morenas del Caribe.

  99. Yisel Alfonso says:

    Las Espectaculares Morenas del Caribe como olvidarlas, vi todos sus partidos y me emocioné con cada uno de ellos. Bello documental. 💓

  100. Joel Martinez says:

    Estas son las verdaderas reinas de el caribe Cuba 🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺con títulos medallas reales y las dominicanas ahora se creen reinas 🤣😂😂😂😂 sin coronas que vivas mis morenas cubanas # 1😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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