We do miss him but it’s great to hear that he is enjoying life with his family in the beautiful Hawaii.
In an interview released by sport.business-gazeta.ru, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and MVP Clay Stanley reveals that he misses playing volleyball. He also shares the MAIN REASON of his retirement from the sport which was due to a really bad knee injury.
“If there was an opportunity, I would play volleyball until I die. But my body made it clear that it would no longer work. It is now very difficult for me to watch any volleyball match. I immediately want to go out on the court. It is very difficult to accept that I cannot do what I previously did with ease. It’s just awful.
When I signed a contract with Lokomotiv (2012), I injured my knee, and the damage was serious. Now I can not jump. I can do a regular jump but not the kind of jump when you play volleyball. There’s pain when I attempt to do any volleyball jump.”
The said interview also mentions that Clay now works for his family’s flooring business. The 2 time Olympian (2004, 2008) last played for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and ended his professional in Japan with Suntory Sunbirds in 2016.