Not every medal winner's post-Olympic life is altered by fame. Wednesday, when Debbie Green entered North Gym at the University of Maryland, the student security guard asked for identification.
But Green -- the 5-foot-4 setter who directed the U.S. volleyball team to a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics -- is not entirely anonymous any longer, either. Just five minutes later, an admirer asked for an autograph and thanked Green, 26, for the contribution she has made to volleyball.
On the volleyball courts at North Gym, wearing her Team U.S.A. shirt and pads around her ankles, Green was in the setting and uniform in which she is most recognizable.
For six hours she held the attention of 150 volleyball players and coaches, while she discussed the setting techniques that made her a dominating player in a sport that places a premium on height.
"The average height of the U.S. team was 6-1," said her father, Don Green, who is traveling with her on a 40-stop tour of the United States. "She performed what couldn't be done."
Setting for 6-4 Flo Hyman and the other hitters on the U.S. team, Green was dwarfed, but emerged as the team's floor leader and sparkplug.
"I think a lot of players (at the clinics) relate to me because I'm short," Green said. "Most high school and college players aren't as tall as Flo and Rita (Crockett, 5-8 1/2, another hitter on the U.S. Olympic team). They say, 'If she can do it, so can I.' "
"Debbie also teaches these girls how to hit (spike), and she's not a hitter," said her father. "She's not a 6-1 super athlete. When Flo Hyman comes in, and they see her hitting, they say, 'Sure, I could hit like that, too, if I were 6-5.' "
Green undertook the tour, for which she charges $35 per person, because she felt that teaching of setting techniques was mishandled. "I don't think they teach setting right," she said. "I think they take it for granted that high school girls have the strength to set correctly."
After the tour, Green will retire from the sport she has played for 11 years. "I thought about playing professionally in Italy but I didn't want to leave the country for six months. If they had a pro league in the states, I'd probably play."
The post-Olympic period has been pretty much what Green expected. "In a team sport, the endorsements don't come as quickly," she said. "It's easier in individual sports." So far her only finalized endorsement package is for sugar-free gelatin.
"Before the Olympics, no one really knew who the volleyball players were," she said. "After the Olympics, there was a change. We got more recognition, but people still come up to me and say that I look a lot like Debbie Green."