Olympic Beach volleyball was announced at the 1992 Summer Olympics as a demonstration event and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. Brazil has won a gold medal or a silver medal 3 medals at every Olympic beach volleyball tournament whether male or female since its introduction in 1996. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic 2020 Beach Volleyball Tickets online.
Winning the Olympic Games is considered the greatest honor of international beach volleyball followed by the World Championships and the FIVB World Tour for men and women.
Beach volleyball was a demonstrator sport in Barcelona at the 1992 Summer Olympics where Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the men’s tournament while Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno won the women’s title.
Beach volleyball was presented as an authorized Olympic sport in 1996. Twenty-four teams in total participate in each Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournament. The teams qualify on the basis of their performances in the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) events during the 18 months preceding the Olympic Games.
There is a limit of two teams per country and one place is reserved for the host country and a country with a wild card chosen at random. In the event that an Olympic region is not represented the top-ranked team from this continent qualifies for the tournament.
The first tournament of men’s beach volleyball played in the 1996 Olympics the matches were played at Atlanta Beach. The winners team of the semifinals played for the silver and gold medals. The losers of the semifinal played for third and fourth places.
The final was contested between the Americans Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes versus, Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh. Karch Kiraly is so far the only person with Olympic medals in both indoor and beach volleyball since he had won the gold medal indoors in the tournament of 1984 as well as 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
In 1996 at Atlanta Georgia there were 18 teams entered and the championship match was played between 2 Brazilian teams Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires versus Monica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel. The Australians Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook edged out the Americans for the bronze medal.
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