London 2012


from July 27 to August 12


Beach volleyball


About the sport

The sport began as a pastime in California, in the United States, in the 1920’s but immediately got attention as a legitimate sport. The first World Championship was disputed in 1976 and it was transformed into an Olympic Sport in 1996.

Beach Volleyball is played between two teams, each with two players (with no substitutions), in a sand field composed of 16x8 meters. The objective is to hit the ball over the net to touch the opposite floor. If there is an injury, athletes have a five minute recuperation period.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games


One of the main players in Brazil's history, the athlete was again world champion in 2011 (after winning the same title in 1999 and 2003), alongside Alison.

Misty May-TreanorMisty May-TreanorCountry: USA

In Athens, defeated Adriana Behar and Shelda, while in Beijing, defeated Renata and Talita. Despite the vice in the World 2011, hopes to get back its hegemony in London.

Karch KiralyKarch KiralyCountry: USA

In the debut of the event in the Olympic Games, in 1996, he won gold alongside Kent Steffes. Before that he had been two-time Olympic champion in the traditional volleyball.

SandraSandraCountry: Brazil

The first gold medalist in women's beach volleyball, along with Jackie, defeated Monica and Adriana. She would go on to win Bronze in Sydney.

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