Event Dates: Saturday July 28 – Thursday August 9
Medal Events: 2
Athletes: 96 (24 men’s and women’s teams)
Beach volleyball has something for everyone: athletic competition, fast-paced action, easy to follow rules and most importantly – sexy hard-bodied competitors glistening in the summer sunshine.
Most of you probably watched volleyball in gym class when you were in high school, sitting on the sidelines with your doctor’s note regarding your asthmatic affliction preventing your participation. That version will be covered in another article.
Beach volleyball was popularized in the 1920s in Southern California but did not make it into the Olympics until the 1996 games in Atlanta (a display of American influence that it has continued since and not subsequently been dropped).
This version of the sport involves two-person teams on a smaller court which takes place outside and on sand. For the London games, since there is no beach area in the city, they are staging the event at the Horse Guards Parade grounds and have imported 3000 tons (6,000,000lbs) of sand. That’s a helluva lot of sand. Think of the castle you could make with that!
The competition will be handled in a typical tournament fashion with each of the 24 men’s and women’s would be divided into six sets of four to play the group stages which will whittle down the field to sixteen which will then play a single elimination knockout tournament to decide the gold, silver and bronze medal winners.
This should be an enjoyable sport to spend some time watching greased up sexy ladies (and men if you’re into that) play in the sand.
To see where to watch this or your other favorite sports, check out NBC’s coverage in your local area.
I hope you have enjoyed this preview of the 2012 London Olympics Beach Volleyball event. Continue to check 8DaysAGeek for more previews of Olympic events.