Beach Volleyball

Facts

Discipline of Volleyball
Participants 383
NOCs 41
Competitions held 12 (Venues)
Distinct events 4
IF Fédération Internationale de Volleyball

Description

Beach volleyball became popular in the 1980s, played originally on the beaches of Southern California. It has been written of in the media as “Baywatch with a medal ceremony.” Unlike the indoor six-person game, beach volleyball is played usually by two-person teams, although events with four-person teams have been contested. The game is played on a sand-based surface. Beach volleyball was added to the Olympic Program in 1996 and has been contested in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 at the Olympics. The first men’s gold medal was by the USA team of Karch Kiraly, often considered the greatest ever volleyballer, and his teammate Kent Steffes. Two women have won three gold medals, with Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor winning the title in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

All-time medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 6 2 2 10
Brazil BRA 3 7 3 13
Germany GER 2 0 1 3
Australia AUS 1 0 1 2
People's Republic of China CHN 0 1 1 2
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
Spain ESP 0 1 0 1
Canada CAN 0 0 1 1
Latvia LAT 0 0 1 1
Netherlands NED 0 0 1 1
Switzerland SUI 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Kerri Walsh Jennings USA 3 0 1 4
Misty May-Treanor USA 3 0 0 3
Emanuel BRA 1 1 1 3
Ricardo BRA 1 1 1 3
Alison BRA 1 1 0 2
Natalie Cook AUS 1 0 1 2
Kerri-Ann Pottharst AUS 1 0 1 2
Sandra BRA 1 0 1 2
Jackie Silva BRA 1 0 0 1
Kent Steffes USA 1 0 0 1
Karch Kiraly USA 1 0 0 1
Dain Blanton USA 1 0 0 1
Eric Fonoimoana USA 1 0 0 1
Jonas Reckermann GER 1 0 0 1
Laura Ludwig GER 1 0 0 1
Phil Dalhausser USA 1 0 0 1
Todd Rogers USA 1 0 0 1
Julius Brink GER 1 0 0 1
Kira Walkenhorst GER 1 0 0 1
Bruno Schmidt BRA 1 0 0 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Beach Volleyball Men 6
Beach Volleyball Women 6
Beach Volleyball Boys 1
Beach Volleyball Girls 1