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Nancy Reno

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TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNancy•Reno
Used nameNancy•Reno
Born24 December 1965 in Elmhurst, Illinois (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 70 kg
NOC United States


Nancy Reno played college volleyball at Stanford where she was named All-American and Stanford’s top female athlete, graduating in 1988. She later studied in 1989 at Middle East Technical University, and then worked towards a doctorate in animal biology at the University of Colorado.

Reno played at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics alongside Holly McPeak. Playing professionally from 1990-2000, Reno won 35 events, 20 on the WPVA Tour and 9 on the FIVB Tour. She played with various partners, but McPeak was her most frequent teammate, followed by Karolyn Kirby. She and Kirby combined to win the 1992 and 1997 US Championship. Reno and McPeak won the 1995 Nationals and the Best of the Beach tournament.

Reno’s Olympic experience was hampered by a shoulder injury that eventually led to her retirement in 2000. She settled in southwest Colorado where she became a firefighter and paramedic.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Beach Volleyball (Volleyball) USA Nancy Reno
Beach Volleyball, Women (Olympic) Holly McPeak =5

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