Venues: Ginásio do Maracanãzinho (indoor)
Copacabana Beach (beach)
Dates: August 7 – August 21, 2016 Competitors: 386
If you think that volleyball is like a day at the beach, you may be in for a surprise. In fact, the popular seaside version of the sport, beach vollyball, is one of the most competitive.
Playing at the Olympic level tests not only the individual athletes, but team interactions as much as Olympic football or any other team sport.
If you've ever played or seen a tight volley ball competition, you have a good idea of the excitement these games generate.
This being the Summer Olympics, the widely popular beach volleyball competition creates lots of buzz worldwide - especially in the U.S.- where loyal fans closely watch top beach volleyball players on the both the men's and women's teams.
Internationally, beach volleyball teams from The Netherlands and Brazil are also poised to make a spectacular showing this summer in Rio.
Just up ahead, learn more about Olympic-level volleyball, follow the games and the top athletes, and learn more about the sport played indoors or out ...
Olympic beach volleyball fun facts
Copacabana Beach, naturally
• With world famous Copacabana Beach as a backdrop at the Rio Games, it will only be the third time that Olympic beach volleyball is actually played on a beach. More often the Olympic venue calls for tons of sand to be trucked in.
• It was golden all around for the USA beach volleyball team in Beijing 2008, when Kerri Walsh Jennings/Misty May and Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser left with both gold medals.
• Karch Kiraly, from the United States, is the only Olympic champion in volleyball and beach volleyball.
• Beach volleyball matches are played rain or shine – only lightning or strong winds can cause games to be called.
More about Olympic volleyball & Olympic beach volleyball on the Web:
International Olympic Committee - Volleyball - The IOC site is a pleasure to visit. Both the design and the information are set up with the visitor in mind. Catch the side spotlights on individual athletes to watch and scroll down to the bottom for the latest news, photo gallery.
NBC Olympics - Beach Volleyball - Athlete bios & interviews, who to watch, photos & video, fan forum and complete U.S. TV schedule.
USA Volleyball - Updates on upcoming matches, photos, player profiles, official rules, results & scores, and watch for expert coverage of the women's and men's Olympic teams.