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Richard Deitsch
September 16, 2002
By finishing Third and pulling in $3,750 with partner Brent Doble at the AVP Shootout last Saturday, the three-time Olympic gold medalist became the first beach volleyball player to earn $3 million in career prize money.
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September 16, 2002

Q+a [karch Kiraly]

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Kiraly: I played against Wilt a few times, and he was good if he didn't have to move. As soon as he had to move around and play the ball, he wasn't so good. I think the prototypical beach volleyball build would be somebody not quite so tall but someone like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

SI: Is it important for you to be known as the greatest volleyball player of all time?

Kiraly: No. There have been a lot of great players. I was lucky to play in a period when we had more tournaments every summer than the guys before me, so I accumulated a lot more victories.

SI: Before he emigrated from Hungary to the U.S., your dad stared down Soviet tanks, which rolled into Budapest in 1956. You only have to stare down bikini-clad girls on Huntington Beach.

Kiraly: You could say his job was harder than mine.

SI: Who's the more beloved San Clemente, Calif., icon, Karch Kiraly or Richard Nixon?

Kiraly: I hope I'm ahead by a hair.

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