Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games *First Games with beach volleyball Men’s Gold Medal – Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes, USA def. Mike Dodd/Mike Whitmarsh, USA , 12-8, 12-5 (62 minutes); Bronze Medal – John Child/Mark Heese, Canada def. Joao Brenha/Luis Maia, Portugal, 12-5, 12-8 (77).
Many diehard beach fans would agree that the highlight of the inaugural beach Olympics tournament in 1996 wasn’t the gold medal match but, rather, the men's quarterfinal between Karch Kiraly ...
At the Olympics, beach volleyball was a demonstration sport at Barcelona 1992 and made its official Summer Olympic debut as a discipline in the men’s and women’s category in the subsequent edition at Atlanta 1996.
Sydney, 2000: Sydney's scenic Bondi Beach was an idyllic -- and raucous -- setting for the 2000 Olympic beach volleyball competition. The idea of building a temporary Olympic venue on the historic sands was originally met with protest from some local residents.
1990s: Beach time. Entering the 1990s, beach volleyball made its way on to the Olympic calendar. Played outdoors on sand, it appeared as a demonstration sport at the Barcelona Games in 1992 before its official introduction in Atlanta 1996.
Beach volleyball was introduced at the Summer Olympic Games in the 1992 Games as a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. The United States are the only country to win medals in every edition, followed by Brazil, who had their medal streak broken in the 2020 tournament. Winning the Olympics is considered to be the highest honor in international beach volleyball, followed by the World Championships, and the World Tour of the International Volleyball Federation for
There are six Grand Slam events, 16 double-gender events, five men’s single-gender events and four women’s single-gender events. The FIVB and SWATCH renew their beach volleyball sponsorship agreement, extending until 2012 a successful partnership that first began in 2003.
When a sport gains Olympic status, like indoor volleyball did in 1957 and beach volleyball did in 1996, it feels like the gold stamp of approval from athletes and onlookers across the globe. That’s why there are always dozens of sports vying for inclusion, from baseball and MMA to wakeboarding and chess.