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Volleyball Olympian Stacy Sykora Retires

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Stacy Sykora of the USA sets herself for a serve during the volleyball match between the USA Women's National Volleyball team and Brazil on June 14, 2008 at Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy  in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Stacy Sykora of the USA sets herself for a serve during the volleyball match between the USA Women’s National Volleyball team and Brazil on June 14, 2008 at Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

BURLESON (AP) - Three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora has decided to formally retire from the U.S. national volleyball team, two years after she sustained a serious brain injury in a bus accident while playing in Brazil.

Sykora has played on a limited basis since the injury, which impacted her vision. But a recent stint as a coach at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships spurred her to officially retire and move on to the next phase of her career.

Sykora, who is from Burleson, Texas, won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She is one of the players who defined indoor volleyball’s libero position, which became part of the international game in 1998.

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