DIFFERENT TEAM, SAME GOAL

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 7:01 AM

Hugh McCutcheon overcame heartbreak to lead the U.S. men's volleyball team to the gold medal in Beijing. Now he's trying to put all that behind him while helping the women's team chase down its first gold.

McCutcheon's father-in-law was stabbed to death in Beijing just before the opening ceremonies. The grieving coach stayed with his team to win gold and has since moved to the women's side with great success.

The Americans are the No. 1 team in the world as they head into the final against Brazil on Saturday night looking to add a gold to the two silvers and a bronze in the team's medal case, a very small haul given the sport debuted at the Olympics in 1964.

As for the tragedy in Beijing, McCutcheon is trying to move on.

"It's not part of our story; it's not part of our journey," he says. "From Day 1, it's been about USA women's volleyball and trying to get to the mountain top. That's it."

— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski

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