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The teams qualify by accumulating points in FIVB Olympic Qualification Tournaments, with one of the host nation having a guaranteed berth and another having the possibility of qualifying through the ranking. There were also four teams tied for fifth place: Volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings' playlist Kerri Walsh Jennings turns 40 next month, and she has no intentions of slowing down. Beach volleyball was introduced as an official Olympic sport in Women’s events

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Beach volleyball was a demonstration sport at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona , at which Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the men's tournament, and Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno won the women's.

Beach volleyball was introduced as an official Olympic sport in A total of 24 teams take part in each beach volleyball Olympic tournament. There is a limit of two teams per country, and one spot apiece is reserved for the host country and a randomly chosen wild-card country. In the event that any Olympic region is not represented, the highest ranked team from that continent qualifies for the tournament.

In the first tournament, played in the Olympics , the matches were played at "Atlanta Beach" in Jonesboro, Georgia. The winners of the semifinals played for the gold and silver medals.

The losers of the semifinal played for third and fourth places. 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 as well as in Seoul, South Korea. The beach volleyball tournament 0f was played in Bondi Beach , a suburb of Sydney. The beach volleyball tournament of was carried out at the Beach Volleyball Ground , located in the Chaoyang Park in Beijing.

The Brazilian victors were then defeated by Americans Rogers and Dalhausser in the final. The tournament was played at the Horse Guards Parade in London.

Emanuel Rego, now paired with Alison Cerutti , got his third straight medal, completing the three podium colors, by reaching the finals, where he lost to Germans Brink and Reckermann. After 16 years, the tournament again was held in an actual beach, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Alison Cerutti, now partnered with Bruno Schmidt , returned to the finals, and won the gold beating Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai of Italy in the finals.

In Atlanta, Georgia , in , there were eighteen teams entered, and the championship match was played between two Brazilian teams: At the Sydney Olympics of , the number of teams was increased to Another Brazilian team, featuring champion Sandra Pires and runner-up Adriana Samuel, edged out the Japanese for the bronze medal.

Behar and Bede of Brazil avenged the defeat by beating Natalie Cook now partnered with Nicole Sanderson in the semifinal to return to the final match, but they were defeated by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States. Another American team, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs the former in her third tournament, having been fourth in Atlanta , defeated the Australian team for the bronze medal. Another Chinese team won the bronze medal, edging out Brazil in fourth place, and thus sending the Brazilian women home without a medal for the only time in the tournament history so far.

Thus the United States finished with the gold and silver medals, with Brazil winning the bronze medal, edging out China in fourth place. Talita and Larissa also lost the bronze medal to the United States, making Walsh Jennings the only player to win four beach volleyball Olympic medals. The defeat also broke a streak where every tournament had one country winning medals with both their teams: Brazil in gold and silver and silver and bronze , United States in gold and bronze and gold and silver , and China in silver and bronze.

There were also four teams tied for fifth place: Australia, Canada, Russia , and Switzerland , and hence seven countries were represented in the top eight teams. While nine countries won medals in the male tournament, only five have done so with women. The dominating nations are Brazil and the US. Americans have the most gold medals, three earned by Walsh-May.

A double-elimination tournament was played for both men and women until a total of four teams qualified for the semifinals: The men's field had 24 teams, and the women's field had Competitors were selected through a detailed Olympic qualification process which saw the participation of a total of men's and women's athletes from 46 countries. Each country could qualify up to two teams - host country United States had two spots already guaranteed, with the doubles selected through Olympic Beach Trials held in Baltimore, Maryland.

Following an expansion on the women's tournament, both competitions had 24 teams. The format became single elimination , preceded by a preliminary round to define the round of 16 teams - the twelve winners of the preliminary games automatically qualified, while the twelve defeated teams played two elimination rounds to get the remaining four spots.

The teams qualify by accumulating points in FIVB Olympic Qualification Tournaments, with one of the host nation having a guaranteed berth and another having the possibility of qualifying through the ranking. Following a FIVB change of rules in , the scoring was changed from sets of 15 points in a superseded sideout system to sets of 21 points in a rally point system.

The format had the 24 competing teams were split equally into six pools of four. The top two teams from each pool and the four best third placed teams progressed through to a single-elimination tournament of sixteen teams. The qualifying added a continental quota - in the event of an unrepresented continent, the top team from that continent earned a spot.

The six pools of four format was retained, but the qualifying for third-placed teams was changed. Of the six 3rd place teams, two were directly qualified to the playoffs. Of the four remaining third placed teams, another two teams get to the playoffs through winning a lucky loser repechage match. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.